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We have a general 5500 pull start that wont start or fire.

We have a general...

We have a general 5500 pull start that wont start or fire

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

Not that old fuel is clean filter is clear. Valve is open

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

Just trying to start it

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

Yea tell me why it wont start

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try spraying fuel, carb cleaner, starting fluid into the carb and see if engine will start briefly. Let me know what happens and we will troubleshoot from there. most of the time the issue is a clogged fuel jet in the carb and the carb will need to be removed and cleaned, but we can address this after you let me know if machine starts briefly or not

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
where is then carb on this model

right behind the air filter. will need to remove the air filter to spray into the carb

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
it tried to start with the fluid
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
its.going thank you it's running now

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