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Was there any gas left inside your fuel tank, from when you last ran your engine?
Okay. Do you have any carburetor cleaner, or starting fluid?
We need to determine if our problem is fuel related, or ignition related.
Okay. Will your engine start up briefly, if you use your choke?
Okay. I would like for you to try something, when you have a chance.
Remove your spark plug, and pour about a teaspoon of clean fuel in through your spark plug hole. Re-insert your spark plug, and try starting your engine again.
Thanks! Let's see what happens.
Okay. Can you purchase some carburetor cleaner tomorrow?
If so, if you spray a small burst directly into your carburetor, to see if your engine will start briefly. This will work in place of pouring gas into your spark plug hole.
Have you checked your oil?
No evaporation. If the carburetor cleaner will cause your engine to start up briefly and shut off, then it is likely that your carburetor is at fault.
If your engine does not start, then our problem could be ignition related.
Your oil level is ok, as long as it reaches the threads of your oil fill hole.