Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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Thanks for your response. We need to first determine if our problem is fuel related, or ignition related. I can tell you how to make this determination. Do you have any carburetor cleaner in a can?
No problem. Let's try something different. Remove your spark plug, then pour about a teaspoon of gas into your spark plug hole. Re-insert your spark plug, then try starting your engine again.
I will work with you, until you and I can get your engine up and running again.
I do apologize for the delay in responding to you.
If your engine starts up briefly, this means your ignition is ok, and your carburetor is very likely at fault.
Craig, I can wait for you, if you have the time to give this suggestion a try.
If you had gas left inside your fuel tank since last winter, this will confirm your question relating to bad fuel. Fuel, if not stabilized, will begin to turn stale within thirty days, from the date of purchase. Stale fuel will eventually turn to gum and varnish, then clog the small jets and fuel passages inside your carburetor.