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I have an Echo PB250 blower made in July of 2013. When you…

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Hi! I have an Echo PB250 blower made in July of 2013. When you pull the choke lever back after starting, it acts like it floods out and stalls. It hasn't been used very much and is supposed to have a 5 year warranty. From what I understand is that Echo is not very conscientious about honoring this warranty. My old Echo Blower lasted for 15 years. If I have to buy a new one what do you recommend?

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?

There is fuel in the tank. Yes it is clean fuel with stabilizer in it.

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

If it's not too difficult, I probably could.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

Not really Pearl. Ran my chainsaw with this fuel earlier in the summer and the chainsaw ran fine.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Are you working on this now? Should I wait?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

I will need to ask you some troubleshooting questions.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I'm not going to do it right now. My phone isn't with me right now.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

No problem. The phone call is only option. We can continue on this discussion page.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I used to own a Briggs & Stratton Service Distributorship. I am reasonably certain I can do the work if I know what to do.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

How long has it been since your blower engine last started up and performed to your satisfaction?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Problem started about a year ago. I thought it might be bad gas, but fresh gas didn't help.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Thanks for your response. How long was the bad gas inside your fuel tank, prior to you pouring fresh gas inside your fuel tank?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Probably 3 or 4 months. It actually ran fine on that gas until I ran out. The problem seemed to start when it stalled out and I refilled it. The oil says it has stabilizer in it. I also poured some SeaFoam down the carburetor.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Echo always used to be good stuff. Are they not that good these days?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Echo blowers are still good units. I believe your carburetor is at fault. Have you tried a new spark plug?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No not yet. It starts and will run at full choke. It's when I try to open it up that it stalls. That sound like a spark plug to you. I was going to change that and the fuel filter. Air filter looks like new.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

I understand you now. Your engine will only run when your choke is on?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Disregard the spark plug for now.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Your carburetor will need to be cleaned.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Yep. It will keep running at full choke. I can actually use it, but it is weak and eventually gets weaker.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

There is an inlet screen inside your carburetor that is likely partially clogged.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

These screens will appear clean and shiny, although they are clogged.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Do you have easy to understand instructions on how to locate and clean it. I already put some Sea Foam in it. I was reading that they have had carburetor problems with this unit.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Your carburetor is a Walbro carburetor, which a quality brand. The ethanol in fuel is actually what causes carburetors to fail in many cases.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

If you have never been into one of these carburetors, it may be better to replace your carburetor.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I know it can be a problem. I am using 89 Octane gas to mix with.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
That's what I heard. Do you know how much one is approximately?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

If you can find non-ethanol fuel in your area, I highly recommend using it.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
You think it is worth it? Can buy an entire blower for $149.00. If it needs more than cleaning, it would probably cost me at least 80 or 90 to have a dealer do it.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Some dealers are charging $85.00 an hour and up.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

You can get a carburetor kit for around $8.00 - $10.00.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
That's what I mean. Maybe I should explore my options. Are Stihls better than Echo? Some comment I read said they have done a better job of adjusting to ethanol fuel.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

If you choose to purchase a new blower, I would recommend a Stihl blower. Stihl products are high quality and built to last. I personally own Stihl equipment.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
That's what I'm hearing. I might check some out. The Echo never seemed quite strong enough. Thanks Donald.
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

You are very welcome! I do hope all goes well for you.

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