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This is ***** *****, I have Poulan Pro PR241 that is not starting It was running fine for an hour and suddenly stopped working

Mechanic's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

This is the third time I use this snow thrower, get new oil, gas, etc... it just stopped working all of then sudden and now I cant start it at all

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Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
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Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Is your gas can stored in a shed etc ? ,

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Got gas yesterday and it is stored in garage
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok , when you prime it can you hear the gas getting to the carburetor ? They usually make a little bit of noise etc

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Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

The reason I'm asking is because a engine needs spark, fuel and compression to run . If it died suddenly in use you have lost one of these things , does it still have the same resistance when pulling the rope to start it ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Pulling does have some resistance. I also tried electric start w no result
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok I'm just trying to make sure the connecting rod didn't break , if it did it would be very easy to turn over and have little to no resistance

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Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

It should have a safety key that keeps it running it's a red plastic thing that's in right ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
safety key is inserted
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok , I know if your like us in Maryland your in some pretty good snow so going to get a spark tester is most likely impossible right now . Have you tried draining the carburetor bowl some , if you can locate the carburetor bowl and loosen the bolt 1 turn or so till gas dribbles out , let it drain a few seconds etc then retighten

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is there possible that something might have gotten loose?
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Well we need to narrow down if it's spark , fuel or compression , if we could test spark ir wold answer alot , if you could get to the opening of the carburetor and get a tad of gas in it and see if it will fire up off that

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I did open carburetor and drained it out. I also looked in the carburetor bowl whether there was some residue and it looks clean.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
How do I get spark in carburetor? Do I need to open it?
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

No we would need to test spark at the plug , make sure the coil is putting out spark ,

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Is it normal gas is leaking from carburetor when I tilt the snow thrower?
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Depends on how far your tilting it , can you check the oil and see if it smells like gas ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Earlier today the oil smelled like gas and I changed the oil
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok that means your carburetor is leaking gas in the crankcase

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Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

It's not good because if it ran like that it could of blown the motor up , can you remove the spark plug and put a long screwdriver down in the hole and pull it slowly and see if it moves up and down ?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I got the spark plug out and how do I test w the screwdriver I'm not clear on that. Which hole? Engine hole or cable where spark plug connected to?
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Put a long screwdriver down in the hole the spark plug goes in and pull it slowly and see if the screwdriver goes up and down

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No don't seethst
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No don't see that
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok can you look in there to see if the piston is moving up and down , you should get a nice push of air out of the spark plug hole if not the connecting rod sounds broken

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I cleaned the spark plug, tested it, saw some fire (spark)z. Re- started the engine and it ran but the muffler got pretty red and I stopped. What caused the muffler so hot?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I meant the engine stopped
Technician: Briggs-Fan, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago

Ok does the oil still smell like gas ? , don't run it if it does , the valves h could be overheating because there gas mixed in the oil . You need to pull the carburetor and clean it and the needle etc . To test the carburetor when you flip it upside down you should not be able to blow into the part the fuel line hooks to , if you can the needle isn't seating with the inlet valve

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