n used one season…seems like it can’t get its gas…
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First loosen the bowl screw and let the bad gas out….drain tank and put new gas in if it had ANY gas in it from last season…..this could work…next ,you prob. need to remove and clean the carb…(make sure the low side on the bottom of bowl goes back in the original position….which is back toward the engine at a tad of an angle to the right (15-20 deg.

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A clogged carburetor is most commonly caused by leaving fuel in the snowblower for a long period of time. Over time, some of the ingredients in the fuel may evaporate, leaving behind a thicker, stickier substance. This sticky fuel can clog up the carburetor and cause the engine to stall.
When your snowblower engine only runs for a few seconds and then dies, the problem is often caused by a gummed-up carburetor. The carburetor mixes air with fuel in the proper proportion to produce a combustible gas.
One of the more common questions we get concerns either the overwhelming smell of gas coming from the carburetor or fuel leaking out of the bowl or overflow. Both conditions are typically caused by a stuck or worn float needle valve.
The Problem: The Snow Blower Runs Rough

If your gas blower is shaky or jittery when it`s on, there may be a problem with fuel combustion. Check the fuel or spark plugs—each is fairly simple to do. First, drain the fuel from the tank and refill it with fresh gas.

The easiest way to diagnose gas is to smell the fuel in question. Oxidized gas has a sour smell and is much stronger smelling than fresh gas. The other method is to drain a sample from your machine`s fuel tank or your gas can into a clear glass container. If the gas is dark in color, it has more than likely gone bad.
Let the machine run for at least five minutes to let the engine time to warm up, fuel to run through the system, etc. Engage the drive and auger a couple times to make sure all is working as it should too. Then, after it is fully shut down, check for any drips, frayed belts, etc. That`s basically it.
The easiest way to tell if your engine is flooded with gas is to remove the spark plug. If it`s wet, it`s flooded and you`ll need to let the cylinder dry out before trying to restart. Compressed air can help speed up the process.
First remove the fuel line from the carburetor and plug it so fuel does not run out. On the very bottom of the carburetor bowl there will be a small brass cover screw, using a flat screw driver, open this screw and allow all gas to drain from the carburetor system. Next, close the screw and reinstall the fuel line.
If fuel is leaking from the bottom of the carburetor, the float bowl gasket might be dried out or missing. Check the connections to the fuel filter and to the filter housing. If any of the fuel lines are dry or cracked, replace them. Don`t try to cut off a piece of the fuel line and then reattach it.
If fuel is leaking from the bottom of the carburetor, the float bowl gasket might be dried out or missing. Check the connections to the fuel filter and to the filter housing. If any of the fuel lines are dry or cracked, replace them. Don`t try to cut off a piece of the fuel line and then reattach it.
Common signs include reduced engine performance, black smoke coming from the exhaust, backfiring, overheating, or hard starting.

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Poulan snowblower with tecumseh engine runs briefly when carb cleaner sprayed on carb, then dies. Replaced the gas with 93 octane. Has only been used one season…seems like it can’t get its gas…
ANSWER : First loosen the bowl screw and let the bad gas out….drain tank and put new gas in if it had ANY gas in it from last season…..this could work…next ,you prob. need to remove and clean the carb…(make sure the low side on the bottom of bowl goes back in the original position….which is back toward the engine at a tad of an angle to the right (15-20 deg.

Hope this info helps….

Is it straight gas or mixed? – Poulan Pro 14" Gas Chainsaw 33CC P3314
ANSWER : It uses a gas/oil mix. 40:1Hope this helps.

I have a husqvarna 323L string trimmer. I stored it after running the tank & carb dry for about two years. I fueled it, then started it, & it ran for a minute then died like I turned the switch off. Since it would not restart, I found the fuel filter had broken off the hardened fuel line & it sucked gummy crap out of the tank & into the carb. Failing at cleaning the carb, I finally put a new carb on it & replaced the pump, hoses & filter. It has ran good till this year. I winterized it with stabilizer & left it with a full tank over the winter. The gas in the tank was gone when I got ready to use it this year. I filled the tank with premix, checked for leaks, then started it. It would run fine for about half a tank, start idling poorly (lean) then cutoff & refuse to restart till I refilled the tank. I finally found the tank had cracks & was letting pressure out of the tank & apparently this was causing the carb to lose it’s ability to siphon gas out of the tank. So I replaced the tank which came with new hoses & a filter, which I properly installed to the carb. It cranked right up, but when it runs a half tank, the carb quits sucking gas out of the tank. When I pump to prime the carb, it moves the fuel into the carb, but the pump never gets hard like it does when I prime the carb when the motor is cold. I have to keep refilling the tank, prime, & then it starts & runs until the tank gets about half empty. The new fuel filter is down in the gas tank properly, but It will not run after it shuts off until I refill the tank & prime. I’m baffled. New tank, new hoses, new filter, new carb, & I can find no leaks in the fuel system. It runs strong. The 323L is a two-stroke & it always cranks on the second pull from cold on a full tank. Any ideas?
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Why will My weed eater only run with the choke fully on and cant give throttle?
ANSWER : It sounds like the carb needs adjusted. Things can even happen to new weed eaters.

I have a Pouan Pro. I can start it but then when I give it gas it seems to have no power. It doesn’t die, just gets no power. Occasionally it revs.
ANSWER : It may well be running too rich because the air filter is blocked, remove the filter and just try the revs again free running, if ok, clean/replace the filter.

My Poulan 2005 17.5 HP, 42″ mower runs a few minutes, then sputters and either almost dies, or does die. If it doesn’t die, it will speed back up and I can mow 20 or 30 feet and it will sputter again, and may die. It will always start right back up after dieing, but mowing over 2 acres like this is taking longer than I want to devote to it! I have removed and checked the fuel filter, it’s fine. I removed the gas tank and cleaned it out, but didn’t find any obstruction or anything there. I removed the lines from the tank to the filter, and the filter to the carb, cleaning both out. I put carb cleaner in the gas twice to clean out the system. Is it possible the solenoid at the bottom of the carburetor bowl is acting up and cutting the gas flow sporatically? Or is it more likely a problem with dirt or something inside the carburetor? I have never been inside one of these carburetors and don’t know how hard they are to disassemble and clean, or replace a float in, etc.
ANSWER : Good advice on the vent..if that does not fix it, it does sound like you have a dirty carb…the the small valve on the bottom is primarily there to stop the flow of gas when the mower is not running an EPA required device so gas does not run out on the ground when the float gets stuck in the open/ flow position…as the older carbs do..but may cause another problem but not yours at this point ..not a hard job just shut the gas supply off and slowly remove the bowl on the bottom of the carb..some gas will spill out just have a rag or something handy..now inspect the bowl for dirt,water,grit etc. clean it and the carefully remove the float just remember,jot down or take a picture of the float and connection..remove the float and the float valve and use some carb cleaner to spray the valve seat and valve..and put it back just the way it was…this should fix it if not the carb will need the jet that atomizes the gas cleaned it is located in the bowl next to the float can be removed using a screw diver..kind of tricky it is a jet the size if a hair..but can be cleaned with spray and a needle…you may want to do both once the bowl us removed..if your up to the challenge..if all fails a rebuild or new carb is in order..hope this helps..good luck.

I need the gas mix oil ratio for the Poluan Pro 42…
ANSWER : 40:1 gas to oil ratio.

Replacing a connecting rod on snowblower engine
ANSWER : That project requires a complete engine disassembly, but it’s very probably not worth doing – the broken rod probably did so much damage to the crankcase and crankshaft and piston and cylinder that it’d be far far cheaper just to replace the engine.