Small Engine

Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I just received a snowblower that was in a shed years I put…

Customer Question
I just received a...
I just received a snowblower that was in a shed for two years I put gas in it and try to
Toronto start it but won't start?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Small Engine
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
1/27/2016
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago
JohnF2015
JohnF2015, Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 1,261
Experience: Owner/Service Technician at S & J Small Engines
Verified

Hi, my name is***** will be assisting you.

What happens if you spray a little carburetor cleaner of fuel directly into the throat of the carburetor? Does it fire or act like it wants to start?

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I don't have cleaner at this time should I
Go and get some and where is the carburetor?
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Normally the carburetor is covered with a heat shield on the left side of the engine if standing behind the machine. You could also do the same thing by removing the spark plug and put a little directly into the cylinder if it is easier to get too. You can do the same thing with a little bit of fuel if you don't have carburetor cleaner. My thought is that the carburetor jets are probably stopped up from having sit that long and you will most likely end up needing to remove the carburetor and thoroughly clean it.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok I will need some time to try your advise
and will let you know asap!
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Take your time I will be here until around 8:00 PM this evening Eastern time. Let me know what you find and we can continue from there.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok thanks should I replace the spark plug
also?
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

I really doubt that the plug will be an issue but you can replace it for peace of mind if you want.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok thanks!
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Let me know what you find out.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It has gotten late for me can we finish
In the morning?and I still have to get tools.
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

Yes, you are fine. When you are ready just come back and we can continue our conversation.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok thanks
Technician: JohnF2015, Technician replied 2 years ago

I normally log into the site around 8:00 AM in the mornings and will be available until about 6:00 PM Eastern time.

Ask Your Own Small Engine Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a technicianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Curtis B. Your Own Question
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Curtis B., Technician
Category: Small Engine
Satisfied Customers: 15,342
15,342 Satisfied Customers
Experience: have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert

Curtis B. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future.

JimmyBagley, IA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Curtis B.

Curtis B.

Technician

15,342 satisfied customers

have worked on and around most engine models for 35 yrs./Polaris ATV expert

Rick

Rick

Factory Authorized Trainer

4,218 satisfied customers

Outdoor Power Equipment technical trainer since 1990, covering eight states.

Jon K.

Jon K.

Small Engine Diagnostic Expert

2,995 satisfied customers

Gold certified Stihl tech, Service Manager for a rental/repair shop.Certified in most small engines

James W

James W

Small Engine Troubleshooting Expert

2,986 satisfied customers

7 years as Mechanic & Parts Manager for Brother who has Owned Lawn & Garden Repair shop for 35 years

Vince O.

Vince O.

Small Engine Technician

2,927 satisfied customers

Over 30 years experience repairing lawn and garden equipment. Chainsaws, mowers,blowers and trimmers

Wayne

Wayne

Engine Rebuilder

2,041 satisfied customers

many years on egine rebuilding, lawn mower,roto tiller,Truck,and small engines

RUSS

RUSS

SERVICE TECHNICIAN

1,723 satisfied customers

28 YEAR SERVICE TECHNICIAN

< Previous | Next >

Related Small Engine Questions
Have a four year old Toro 724 OEM snowblower, has always
Have a four year old Toro 724 OEM snowblower, has always started with a couple of cranks or I use the electric starter when very cold. Never had a problem. This year, took it out of the shed (it had g… read more
Donald
Donald
Owner / Technician
High School
2,586 satisfied customers
Compact 24 snowblower that does not like temperatures around
Compact 24 snowblower that does not like temperatures around 20 degrees or colder - won't start. I keep it in my unheated 10 x 14 x 8 ft high shed. I have electricity run to the shed just for this sno… read more
Wayne
Wayne
Engine Rebuilder
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,041 satisfied customers
I need home service for my Toro snowblower. Last year worked
I need home service for my Toro snowblower JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this? Customer: Last year worked fine now it won't start JA: Do you have fuel in the tank?… read more
Wayne
Wayne
Engine Rebuilder
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,041 satisfied customers
I have a 2 year old snowblower snotek 24 didn't use last
I have a 2 year old snowblower snotek 24 didn't use last year won't start used mechanic in bottle followed instructions still doesn't start what should I do … read more
Curtis B.
Curtis B.
Technician
Associate Degree
15,342 satisfied customers
I have a LH318SA,156562G,04168CB0537 on a toro snow thower.I
I have a LH318SA,156562G,04168CB0537 on a toro snow thower.I put a new carburetor on my blower ,fresh gas ,additive to prevent varnish build up, and it still wants to pulsate.It was running well after… read more
Briggs-Fan
Briggs-Fan
1,278 satisfied customers
Model#1696506-00,serial#2016972083. Using first time this
model#1696506-00,serial#2016972083. Using for the first time this year. I put in fresh gas, turned key to on, chock facing 11:00 o'clock, primed twice, plugged in cord and it just turns over. Doesn't … read more
Briggs-Fan
Briggs-Fan
1,278 satisfied customers
have a troybuilt snowblower. Started working fine this year,
have a troybuilt snowblower. Started working fine this year, then the powere decresed by 50%, and for a while, and then just died. Any ideas… read more
Briggs-Fan
Briggs-Fan
1,278 satisfied customers
I own a 1 year old 221QE snowblower, i look after a few properties
I own a 1 year old 221QE snowblower, i look after a few properties and it works great when i haul it around in the back of my Van however when i throw it in the back of my pick-up it seems to work goo… read more
Glen
Glen
Owner
64 satisfied customers
Snowblower engine wont start. Started for 20 sec then quit.
Snowblower engine won't start. Started for 20 sec then quit. Doesn't sound like gas is getting to carb when I try to prime it.… read more
mayhemmotor
mayhemmotor
mechanic
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
6 satisfied customers
Blizzard is here and of course my Craftsman 9.0/28 snowblower
Blizzard is here and of course my Craftsman 9.0/28 snowblower won't start. Drained the gas and put new gas in. Changed the spark plug. Still won't start. Is there anything else I can try?… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
i have a Tor 824 powere shift model 38540 ser # 800209..i have
i have a Tor 824 powere shift model 38540 ser # XXXXX have a problem with transmission..snowblower freezes up...when this happens wheels lock up nand you cannot move shift. when i brought it to a serv… read more
Robert P
Robert P
Mechanic/expert tech /owner
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
628 satisfied customers
I have a craftsman mod # 536 881851. 3rd year ive owned it.
I have a craftsman mod #NNN-NN-NNNN 3rd year i've owned it. starting last year, engine would run great from 7 - 8 minutes (under a load or not) and then start to sputter and eventually shut off. It wo… read more
Jon K.
Jon K.
Small Engine Diagnostic Expert
Some College, military training,
2,995 satisfied customers
I have a two year old Troybuilt 30 snowblower with a tecumseh
I have a two year old Troybuilt 30" snowblower with a tecumseh 11HP engine. The engine won't start. there is a spark and fuel in the carb but it just won't start. I did remove the carb but the carb is… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
My Ariens snowblower is no longer starting. I have changed
My Ariens snowblower is no longer starting. I have changed the oil and put new gas in it and it ran initially but now it will not start. The blower is 18 years old.… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
My toro 421 snowblower wont start. I just replaced the spark
My toro 421 snowblower won't start. I just replaced the spark plug, put fresh gas in the tank turned the gas line on and it seems like no fuel is getting to the engine. If I spray starter fluid in the… read more
Dan Oostdyk
Dan Oostdyk
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
89 satisfied customers
Carftsman electric snowblower wont start...cleaned spak plug...
Carftsman electric snowblower won't start...cleaned spak plug... fresh gas. Starter seems to work but mon't turn over even after more than a minute of continuous start...help, in the middle of a blizz… read more
sam the tech
sam the tech
Owner/Manager/Technician
private school
130 satisfied customers
I just tried to start my powerlite snowblower. which btw is
I just tried to start my powerlite snowblower. which btw is a great product. it won't catch. put in oil gas mix. ran fine when put away for summer. suggestions?… read more
J.R.
J.R.
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
7,173 satisfied customers
Hi, I have a question about a snowblower. I have a Craftsman,
Hi, I have a question about a snowblower. I have a Craftsman, 9hp snowblower and it's not running right. It starts, runs and works but there's no power. It barely runs past idle. It runs like it has o… read more
Delsley Jr
Delsley Jr
Handyman & JustAnswer Expert
IT Certificate
552 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x