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I have a 6.5 hp engine on a Troy-Bilt shredder that won't

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I have a 6.5 hp engine on a Troy-Bilt shredder that won't start. I used it last fall and it started fine. What could have changed?
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: Fuel is in the tank. Half is left from last fall. The rest is from this fall. To my knowledge there is not a shut-off valve separate from the throttle.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: If possible.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: It fired a couple of times, but no more. Instructions say to have choke on until the engine starts. I think that's all.
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

Welcome to JUST ANSWER small engines, let me try to help you !! I don't know it all, but maybe together we can get you a satisfactory answer!

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

Can you remove the spark plug? With plug removed, was plug wet or dry? If wet, it may be flooded. If dry, no fuel to the cylinder. Ground the plug to the metal of the engine and see if you have spark when cranking at the plug tip.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

Yes, that was what i figured.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

OK, if it has spark, put a teaspoon of fuel direct into the cylinder, re-install the spark plug, and see if ti will start for a few seconds. If it does, carburetor is not delivering fuel.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug. plug was a little wet, but I don't know how much is too much. Also, I did not see a spark when grounding the plug.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

OK>

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug. plug was a little wet, but I don't know how much is too much. Also, I did not see a spark when grounding the plug.
The engine has always been a hard pull to start. I have a riding lawn mower that is like that too.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

OK>

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug. plug was a little wet, but I don't know how much is too much. Also, I did not see a spark when grounding the plug.
The engine has always been a hard pull to start. I have a riding lawn mower that is like that too.
Gas is getting to the carborator float area.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug. plug was a little wet, but I don't know how much is too much. Also, I did not see a spark when grounding the plug.
The engine has always been a hard pull to start. I have a riding lawn mower that is like that too.
Gas is getting to the carborator float area.
It must be getting some gas since it fired twice before, but perhaps not enough to continue running.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

OK. I will be here.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug. plug was a little wet, but I don't know how much is too much. Also, I did not see a spark when grounding the plug.
The engine has always been a hard pull to start. I have a riding lawn mower that is like that too.
Gas is getting to the carborator float area.
It must be getting some gas since it fired twice before, but perhaps not enough to continue running.
Tried teaspoon gas in chamber. Engine fired. not getting gas. now what?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug. plug was a little wet, but I don't know how much is too much. Also, I did not see a spark when grounding the plug.
The engine has always been a hard pull to start. I have a riding lawn mower that is like that too.
Gas is getting to the carborator float area.
It must be getting some gas since it fired twice before, but perhaps not enough to continue running.
Tried teaspoon gas in chamber. Engine fired. not getting gas. now what?
Did I lose you?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

So it has to be fuel supply problem. Have you removed the carburetor and checked it for any gummy deposits? And checked the fuel supply passage the needle valve has to open and shut? If you have an all metal needle valve, there will be a rubber seat in the upper passage. This seat can swell and restrict flow into the float bowl.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
the engine is a briggs & stratton
Give me a few minutes to try that. I have installed a new plug. plug was a little wet, but I don't know how much is too much. Also, I did not see a spark when grounding the plug.
The engine has always been a hard pull to start. I have a riding lawn mower that is like that too.
Gas is getting to the carborator float area.
It must be getting some gas since it fired twice before, but perhaps not enough to continue running.
Tried teaspoon gas in chamber. Engine fired. not getting gas. now what?
Did I lose you?
This will take a while, so I will have to get back to you.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

OK> just use the link in your email to get back.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
I cleaned the carburetor, and was able to start the engine. It ran for quite a while then quit. I'm guessing there is more impurity that needs cleaning in the carburetor. I believe you fixed the problem, but will let you know after this cleaning.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 12 days ago.

OK< let me know!

Expert:  Curtis B. replied 6 days ago.

I see question is still open, please rate to close and get me credit! Thanks.