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I have a 1 year old Toro Power Max 826 OTE Snow thrower, I

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I have a 1 year old Toro Power Max 826 OTE Snow thrower, I got it late last season and used it 2 times. I the spring I started it up and ran it dry to store for the summer. I went to start it today nothing, I replaced the spark plug and I'm at my end, please help. I didn't use stabilizer when I ran it dry.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Hello Chuck. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi Donald,
I can't get my snow thrower started
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Chuck, do you have some carburetor cleaner in a can?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

No problem. I would like for you to try something for me.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Sure, what would that be?
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Remove your spark plug again. Pour about a teaspoon of gas directly into your spark plug hole. Re-insert your spark plug, then try starting your engine again.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok this will take me a while, I have a sick wife and have to give her dinner
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

No problem. Take your time. Keep in mind, that although you ran your fuel tank dry, there still remained a small amount of non-stabilized gas in your carburetor fuel bowl. This small amount has probably turned to gum and varnish, and clogged the small jet inside your carburetor.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you Donald, I'll get back to you with in the hour.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

You are very welcome! Chuck, family comes first. I will be here.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi Donald, I put the gas in the spark plug hole and it did start and stalled I know because it's not getting gas?
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for checking this for me. This indicates that you have either a clogged jet, or fuel passage in the body of your carburetor.

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Are you familiar with removing your fuel bowl from your carburetor?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I've done that before on cement mixers.
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

If you remove your fuel bowl, you will have access to the underside of your carburetor. You can use a small wire, and some compressed air to give your carburetor a basic cleaning. It will be great if you can pick up a can of carburetor cleaner.

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

You can do this without removing your carburetor from your engine.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Great! I'll get to this tomorrow. I'll let you know how I make tomorrow, thanks for your help Donald. Have a good night.
Chuck
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

You are very welcome! I do hope all goes well for you.

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

I look forward to knowing your results.

Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

I hope your night is good as well!

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Donald, thank you for your help, 2 pulls and it started fine. Enjoy your weekend hope you don't get snowed it.
Chuck
Expert:  Donald replied 10 months ago.

Chuck you are very welcome! I do hope all continues to go well for you.