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HiCustomer Thank you for asking your question on Just Answer. The other Experts and I are working on your answer. By the way, it would help us to know:-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Do you use any fuel additive in the gasoline?
How long has it been sitting with gas in the tank and how long since it has been started? Thank you again for trusting us with your problem. Please reply as soon as possible so that we can finish answering your question.
Since the motor does fire using the starting fluid you do have spark, and the motor will run with the proper fuel and carburation.
What I would like for you to do is first change the fuel. Yes I know you added stabiliser bla bla bla. Please humor me and do this. Dont forget to drain the float bowl also.
Although you have added stabiliser it doesnt mean that the fuel is not bad. Personally I think buying fuel stabiliser is a waste of good money. Not to mention a fast trip to a headache.
If it will still not start then the problem is going to be in the carburator. I think you will agree that changeing the fuel is easier and cheaper than rebuilding the carb. So lets start with that and we can go from there.
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Ok try giving the engine a squirt of regular gas and see if that will fire it. If it fires then the carb is plugged. Leave the choke open when you do this.
Let me know what happens, ok.
Ok so it did not fire with the squirt of gas? But it will still fire with the ether (starting fluid) correct?
And the fuel you gave it a shot with is fresh fuel? Not from a can that has been stored for any legnth of time?
I dont mean to harp on the fuel issue but I have already had one customer this season that had the exact same problems. Turned out he did drain the fuel tank and the float bowl but he used gas from a can he had in his garage. Turns out it was bad fuel also. He went and got some new fuel and his problem was solved.
Ok Russ. this is definatly a strange case you have hee. The only thing I can come up with now is possibly a weak spark. But the starting fluid should kick that too.
Ill mull it over and see what I can come up with for you.
If the float was stuck to the bottom it would be pumping gas not restricting it. You may have a inlet pin stuck that is not allowing fuel into the carb bowl. But the squirt of fuel should have fired the motor in that case.
Try checking the plug again and see if it is wet. If it is then dry it off and try it again.
Pulling the float bowl is still a good idea. You can check the condition of the inlet pin when you do. When fuel goes bad it forms a substance similar to laqure. As you know laqure is very sticky and when dried can cause all kinds of problems in a carb.
Let me know what you find.
Russ, You are most welcome. I only wish that I could have provided you a solution to the problem.
Thank you for the accept. Although not necessary it is much appreciated.
If you dont mind I would like to know what the dealer finds. This is definatly one of the more confounding problems I have encountered.
Thank you again for the accept.