small engine trouble

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  1. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    So I've got a 4 year old snowblower. Today is very cold, zero degrees. I keep the snowblower putside and covered. I have used it three tines this year and used around two tanks of fresh fuel in it.I went to pull start it this afternoon and I couldn't budge the pull starter. It has an electric start so I used that. After a few seconds it turned over and started. It ran for a minute or so then began running rough and stalled. I couldn't get it to run for more than ten seconds after that. I checked the air filter and its clean. Oil level looks perfect. Tank is full of gas. I am thinking I've got ice somewhere in the carb or fuel line from condensation since its been outside and we had a week where it went from 50 down to 10. Anyone with small engine knowledge know what I should do? I don't really have a place to bring it in amd warm it up.
     
  2. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    Do you use Sea foam in your gas? Ethanol kills modern carburetors. Sea Foam counters it. I need to rebuild my Snow blower and Lawn mower carbs this spring. Ethanol sucks.
     

  3. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    I just put some in today before I filled the tank. I had to shovel two driveways while my snowblower stared at me :(
     
  4. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Does it have a fuel filter.?:confused:
     
  5. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    I'm not a small engine guy but it could be water. Frozen water.
    Did you let it sit all year with fuel in the tank? Condensation is not your friend.
    It should be drained and run untill it stalls from lack of fuel at the end of the season. Then add fresh fuel. Every season.

    There are others here with much more knowledge and experience than me, so hang in there and get some professional advice.

    Heck, I didn't even stay in a Holiday Inn last night.
    Wish I did. You know. There was that very attractive divorcee a couple of seats down at the bar, and....

    But I digress. I think it's just long term storage.
     
  6. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    I don't think it has a fuel filter. I've stored it for 4 summers with no trouble yet. This is the coldest weather we've ever had that I can remember.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    how old is the gas?

    moe than a couple of weeks?

    gas that has higher ethanol content goes bad much quicker that it did years ago before they started putting the ethanol in it. i breaks down much quicker with the ethanol in it and will act pretty much just like yours is doing. drain the tank, flush the carb and fuel lines with carb cleaner, add new gas with an ethanol treatment and it should be good to go.
     
  8. thdrduck

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    Sounds like you have an ice build up under the cover. If you pulled it and it seemed seized up, that could be snow or ice build up under the cover which just happens to be where your ignition is also. Best advice is to remove the cover, use a hair dryer to melt out the ice and dry your ignition and put it back together. Next time you use it, when you are done, let it run for 5 min or so at idle to dry out and do that every time. That with some fuel stabilizer (I use Seafoam, but there are others) added to any gas you put in a can will save you many problems.
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Hint: Don't buy any gas for your small engine that has alcohol in it.
     
  10. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    ^^Any idea where to get non-alcohol blended gas?^^
     
  11. stratrider

    stratrider New Member

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    We only have a few gas stations left here in my area that sell real gas. I learned my lesson the hard way by putting Super Unleaded ethanol gas in a brand new (400mi) Suzuki DR650. I left for work, came back 45 days later and the carb was severely varnished up to the point that the bike would not start. I had to tear apart the carb. Corn is for eating, not powering our vehicles.
     
  12. ellis36

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    If you live somewhere close to farming country, try to find a place that sells tractor diesel. Tractor diesel, for those who might not know, is diesel that is not road-taxed and is for agricultural purposes. It’s dyed red. These places sometimes sell gas that isn't blended with ethanol.
     
  13. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    If your snow thrower has a Air Filter, try taking it out & leaving it out.................
     
  14. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Yeah Right !..............And yes that was Sarcasm.
     
  15. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I've got a couple of stations here!
    One has premium, the other mid-grade. So my motorcycle, lawnmower, and backup generator are taken care of.

    Check near a recreation area.
     
  16. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    There is no air filter just a screen. I checked it and its clean. Its supposed to warm up tomorrow above freezing so I will run it with the sea foam/gas mix for a while to work it through. Thanks for all the advice everyone.
     
  17. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don’t understand. Did I say something wrong?
     
  18. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    A Yeah, the ethanol comes from the Farming country, I know I live here !............
     
  19. rurak

    rurak New Member

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    Well its above freezing today and it started on the first pull. Ran for a minute and died. My father is going to teach me how to tear down the carb and clean it this week. Ill throw a new plug in as well.