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I have this particular generator (McCulloch FG2000Tc). After…

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I have this particular...

I have this particular generator (McCulloch FG2000Tc). After wondering why it started, then stalled (as if gas-starved) for about 10 pulls of the cord before it finally stayed running, I opened up the side panel to see a profuse gas leak coming down the side of the engine from behind the carb. I'm guessing it's just a seal, but wanted to confirm. It leaks while running, and while not, but since I never noticed any gas vapors while around it while not running, I'm guessing it stops leaking after it's set for a while after trying to start/running it. Perhaps just the bowl emptying.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
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Hello, and thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you. Have you removed your fuel bowl, to see if your float is sticking, or if your float is leaking?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

There are a few possibilities.

  • Your needle and seat could be dirty, with a small amount of debris.
  • Your float could have a hole in it.
  • Your float could be sticking
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

After you remove your fuel bowl, you will get a view of these parts.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

You and I can start with checking these suggestions, then we can continue from here. Thanks!

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Your bowl gasket/seal is likely ok. If your float, needle, and seat, was shutting off your fuel flow properly, gas would not rise that high inside your fuel bowl.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I will try to get it onto a bench and tear into it. My job is taking a huge amount of what would normally be my "free time", so it could be into next week before I can do this. Is that a problem?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

No this is not a problem. Take your time.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thanks. I've printed your responses and will attack it asap.
When I log on, I'll automatically be directed to you, correct?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Yes, you are correct. I look forward to working with you.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Took time to get into it today. As soon as I removed the air intake assembly (air filter and ducting that carries the air to the carb) I could see the fuel line that attaches to the carb at one end and to a cut-off module(?) at the other end. With the start switch in the "OFF" position I pulled the starter cord once. Fuel immediately began to seep through age/heat checking of the fuel line right where it shoves onto the intake nipple at the carb. I ran off to the parts store, bought new fuel line, and it's good as new again. Guess I'll take a lesson from this and skip obligating myself for online assistance until AFTER I've LOOKED at the problem MYSELF. I don't suppose you could "discount" the charge since it turned out to be something so simple?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Thank you for letting me know. I am glad you discovered where the gas was leaking from. If you contact customer service, they will close your question, and you will not be charged.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Totally unexpected and most kind of you. Good business approach. Thanks! Now to find "Customer Service".
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Your satisfaction is very important to me. There should be a link to customer service on your discussion page.

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