Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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If it has been a year since the machine was started you may have to prime it in order to get it started. Have you tried removing the air filter and spraying a little carburetor cleaner or fuel into the intake and see if it will start then? You may have to clean the carburetor jets as well especially if it had any fuel left in the carburetor during storage.
It did not attempt to start or at least fire when sprayed fuel into the intake?
Okay, this means that you aren't getting fuel through the main jet of the carburetor. Start by removing the bowl from the carburetor, there is one bolt or nut right in the bottom center of the carburetor bowl that will unscrew and the bowl will come off, clean the bowl but also clean the three holes in the nut or bolt that you just removed, these holes serve as the main jet for this carburetor. Once you get them cleaned thoroughly you should be able to reinstall the bowl and nut or bolt and the engine should start and run on its own.
The easiest way is to remove the air filter assembly, which once that is done you have easy access to the carburetor and the bowl.
Yes, you can come back here at any time and continue our conversation. I will be available to answer your questions and try to get your machine back up and operating properly again.
If you only cleaned two holes then you missed one. There is one tiny small one right down through the top center of that bolt.
What you are calling the bottom is what I am calling the top. This hole is not to the outside in the hex part of the bolt itself is it? It is actually in the thread part of the bolt, kind of like a hollow bolt right? That is where the third hold is and is may look large at first glance but it tapers to a tiny hole about a third of the size of the other two in the side.
If you run a small needle or thin paper clip through it you can actually see the needle extend down into the other passage between the two larger holes in the side.
Can you provide the model, type or spec and code or serial number from the engine itself? I want to be able to take a look at a parts diagram and see which style choke system you have on the engine. Can you now spray carburetor cleaner into the throat of the carburetor and it run?
That doesn't help much other than I can tell from that it is a Briggs engine. Do you have a primer on the machine? Can you tell if the choke plate is closing when the engine is cold?
Yes it should. You most likely have a automatic choke on this engine. Can you tell me if the choke is operating or closing when the engine is cold. You can remove the air filter and normally see the choke plate.
It can be frustrating at times, I have been working on small engines and lawn equipment for almost thirty years and sometimes you just have to walk away for a little while. You should be able to get one of those gaskets at any Briggs engine dealer or most any small engine repair shop if you have one in your area.
I am sorry that I could not be of more assistance for you here.