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I have a troy built snow blower that I just got lastbyear.

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I have a troy built snow blower that I just got lastbyear. It won't start today
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you. I will need to ask you some troubleshooting questions as we go. Was your engine running ok, at the end of last snowing season?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no issues
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for your reply. Many times this problem occurs due to a clogged jet or fuel passage inside your carburetor. Did you leave gas inside your fuel tank over the summer months?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

The left over gas is the source of our problem. You will need to drain all of the old gas from your fuel tank, and your carburetor, then do a basic cleaning to your carburetor.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have no idea how to do that.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Michael, is this something you would like to try?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
If it is easy to do, I can try it. We are having a blizzard and I would prefer not to shovel.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Do you have a 10 mm wrench or socket?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Don't know. I am not very mechanically inclined. Is there another way to fix this issue?
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

This another option, but it requires going to your local store to buy a fuel additive that is designed to clean your carburetor.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok can't do that either. As I said we have a blizzard here. Nothing is open.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

That's what I was afraid of ...

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

This means you will have to remove your fuel bowl from your carburetor, to do some basic cleaning to your carburetor.

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

The problem you are having, is very common for snow blowers that hasn't been started in a few months ...

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks but that is not really helping me.
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

You are very welcome! Do you have a spark plug wrench?

Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

Fuel will began to turn stale within thirty days, from date of purchase, if fuel stabilizer is not added. Stale fuel within eventually turn to gum and varnish, then contaminate your fuel bowl. The contamination will eventually form sediments that will eventually clog the small jets, and fuel passages inside your carburetor.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please cancel my subscription to just answer
Expert:  Donald replied 1 year ago.

No problem. You will not be charged. I do hope all goes well for you.