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Old 02-03-2019, 01:13 PM   #16
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Re: Snowblower Won't Start


I had a similar issue a few weeks ago trying to start a 36 year old Toro S620 snowblower for the first time in two years. I always run it dry in the spring, so there was no old fuel in the tank.

I filled it with fresh gas, added the appropriate amount of 2 cycle oil, mixed it up, and then primed it about 10 times, full choke, and pulled the starter cord until my arm was about ready to fall off. I thought I may have flooded it so I went in the house for a few hours.

Came back out, tried again and still nothing. I removed the front panel and connected my spark plug tester and pulled the cord. Have spark, so it must be fuel related. I pulled the spark plug and saw that it was bone dry. Cleaned the electrode just because. Confirmed fuel issue. I then put the plug back in and sprayed a shot of starting fluid into the carb and yanked the cord. It fired up for a few seconds and sputtered until it died. I then hit the prime button aggressively about 30 times. Pulled the cord and it started up and was running rough blowing smoke. Kept dying out but at least it would restart. I let it warm up while in full choke, cause as soon as I turned the choke off it would die. Once fully warmed up I managed to snowblow the driveway but it didn't have as much power as normal.

I ended up buying a bottle of "Mechanic in a Bottle" from Amazon and poured some in the gas tank the next time it snowed. It did start but had a rough idle and more smoke, but while using it, it seems to slowly be regaining its power and the engine is running a lot smoother. The reviews for this stuff say that over time, Mechanic in a Bottle will clean fuel system deposits and make poor running engines run like new. I've used my snow blower three times this year and the last time it ran great and started in two pulls. Just sayin.


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Old 02-03-2019, 01:19 PM   #17
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Update: Thanks to everyone who contributed. I removed the carb and cleaned out all the ports and jets and blew it all out with compressed air. Put it back together and it fired first time. The only issue I have is that the electric start doesn't start it up. Not sure if the splines on it are worn but it doesn't appear to be engaging with the flywheel properly. But that's for another day, just glad the thing works with the pull start. Thanks again everyone
Glad you got it worked out. I know it is a great feeling when you get something fixed yourself.
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I decided a long time ago that electric starters on contemporary small engines are not worth the trouble and expense of maintaining. Back before they equipped the engines with compression releases, it was hard to pull start the bigger ones. Now that is not so. I bought an 8 kW portable genset a couple of years ago and thought I would want electric start. It did not come with a battery and I never bought one. I doubt I would even if I used it every day. I just have to make sure I have the right spare cord around to fix the pull start if that breaks.
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IMO, a lot of the problems people have with their equipment is of their own making. They fail to maintain it properly and/or operate it in a manner it was not designed for.

My 5-year-old snowblower has electric start and it works just a good now as it did when I bought it.

The snowblower, like all my other equipment, is used and maintained per the manufacturer instructions. For instance the manual for my snowblower states not to operate the electric starter for more than 5 seconds during each attempt therefore I do not do so.
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