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You are very welcome! You and I need to determine if our problem is fuel related, or if our problem is ignition related. Do you have some carburetor cleaner in a can, or some starting fluid?
Thank you for this information. There are two things we need to check.
Check to see if you are getting a steady flow of fuel from your fuel tank, to your carburetor. If so, then we need to check your fuel shut solenoid. It is located under the fuel bowl on your carburetor.
Your fuel shut off solenoid should click each time you cycle your ignition switch on and off. It has a spring loaded plunger that must retract, when your ignition switch is on, to allow fuel to flow within your carburetor. Sometimes this part will fail either before, or after it reaches full operating temperature.
The first: Remove your fuel hose from your carburetor, and place it into a suitable container, to catch your fuel. Turn your key to start position, as you observe your fuel flow.
Yes it is in that area. I would check your solenoid first, to see if it is clicking.
Okay, thanks for checking. Check your fuel flow next. If your fuel flow is good, then you will very likely need to give your carburetor a really good cleaning.
You are correct. That is your breather hose. Your engine breathes through that hose.
Your fuel hose fits directly to your carburetor.
Your engine can run with your breather tube disconnected, but with it disconnected, dust and debris can enter your crankcase.
I am lead to believe your carburetor is at fault ...
No, it would not prevent your engine from starting.
Based upon the fact that your fuel shut off solenoid is clicking, and your engine will start if you use starting fluid, usually is an indication that you have either a partially clogged jet, or a partially clogged fuel passage inside your carburetor.
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I do hope all goes well for you.