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Hello Victor. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you. Many times when this problem occurs, it is an indication that your carburetor has either a partially clogged jet, or a partially clogged fuel passage, and is starving for fuel.
Did our problem occur suddenly? How old is the gas you are using?
I believe your engine is a Tecumseh Engine? Did you initially have old gas in your fuel tank, leftover from last year?
Please take a look at the image below. Let me know if your carburetor looks the same.
Some of the old gas from your fuel tank, also settled in your fuel bowl. This is what caused our problem. Gas will began to turn stale, within thirty days from date of purchase. Stale gas will eventually turn to gum and varnish, and clog the small jets and fuel passages inside your carburetor.
Thanks for checking. Can you get your model numbers for me? This way I can pull up your exact carburetor.
You can also take a picture of the bottom bolt from your carburetor, if you remove it again. I can point out some things for you.
Thank you for the numbers. The carburetor in the image I posted is the same as the one I pulled up using your exact model numbers. I just wanted to be sure. Take a picture of your bolt, and the inside of your bowl.
Thanks! Take a look at this image below.
#32 & #33 is your Bowl Drain Assembly. Some bowls have drains, and some do not. This is why the image shows two bowls, one with it, and one without it.
Thanks for the pictures. Here is what I want to point out. Take a close look at your bowl bolt. There are some small holes in it. Use a small wire to clean each of the holes. A twist tie from a loaf of bread will work really well for this purpose. Just remove the outer coating first. Afterward spray it really good with some carburetor cleaner in a can. Remember to look closely, so you don't miss one of the holes. One is extremely small.
Try this first. Many times this will resolve our problem, if the holes are clogged, or partially clogged. If this does not resolve our problem, then you will need to remove your carburetor, and do some more detailed cleaning.
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Victor, also check your fuel flow, from your fuel tank to your carburetor. Let's make sure you are getting a continuous flow of fuel. Loosen your fuel cap, just in case your fuel cap is not properly venting.
Yes, take pictures, and make notes as you go. Take a look at the video above. There other videos available as well. To check your fuel flow, remove your fuel hose from your carburetor, and let it flow into a suitable container.
A new carburetor will be a great choice. This will eliminate the possibility of you cleaning your carburetor, and it still not work to your satisfaction. If you replace your carburetor, I suggest that you clean your fuel tank, and also replace your fuel hose.
There are times when I am not successful with cleaning a carburetor. I have an ultrasonic cleaner, and chemical to soak my carburetors. I still have to periodically replace carburetors.
Sometimes it saves time, and get your engine back up and running successfully quicker.
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I would replace both. This way you will have a fresh start. It is best to remove your fuel tank to clean it. First drain all of your existing fuel out of it. Once it is empty, shine a flashlight into it, and give it a good internal inspection. If all look good internally, you will not need to remove it.
The reason for ensuring that your fuel tank is clean, is to prevent cross contaminating your new carburetor. I have seen new carburetors fail rather quickly, due to sediments from a dirty fuel tank.
If you can purchase non ethanol gas in your area, I recommend that you start using it. It cost more per gallon, but it is well worth the extra cost. It will help to prevent future fuel related issues. If you cannot find non ethanol fuel in your area, I suggest that you purchase your fuel in small increments. In amounts that you can use up within thirty days. There is a fuel additive called Ethanol Shield that you can pour into your gas. It will eliminate water in your fuel, and also prevent corrosion in your carburetor. It also stabilizes your fuel, which is VERY important.
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Click on the link above to read about the product. It is inexpensive, and you can purchase it at your local Tractor Supply, Home Depot, Sears, etc.
Victor, this information should get your engine up and running successfully again!