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Posted: 6/15/2002 11:17:34 PM EDT
I do not know what the hell is wrong with my gas trimmer but it won't start. I have been pushing the primer 3x, then cranking it for the whole afternoon and the damn thing just won't "latch/engage". Replaced the spark plug, cleaned the air filter and still nothing. I really will appreciate any help on this. Thanks!
Link Posted: 6/15/2002 11:30:27 PM EDT
First, make double sure you have fire to the plug. Then check the gas, may be too rich in oil. Sometimes you need to change the gas because of evaporation,this lets the oil gather in the carb, thus no gas. good luck...fullclip
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 6:05:44 AM EDT
if it truely is a motor..., then you need to power it wyth electricity........!! use gasoline or deisel in engines !!!!! [:D]
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 9:58:06 AM EDT
Assuming like most you left gas sit in the tank over the winter. Modern gasolines do not have the shelf life they used to. This gas sitting in the carburator will cause varnish to build up on the jets preventing fuel flow. Pull the spark plug. Put a tiny squirt of fuel/oil mix into the cylinder and pull the rope and see if it fires. If it does then it's a fuel problem not a spark problem. Take plug out have assistant hold base of sparkplug to the cylinder head pull rope and see if there is sparks. If no sparks then could be shorted out kill switch or wire, or bad ignition coil etc.
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 10:06:12 AM EDT
Also, clean or replace the sparkplug. By now you have coated the electrode with enough oil that the spark can't jump.
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 10:19:38 AM EDT
Just got in from church and will give it a go again with all your suggestions. Wish me luck!
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 10:26:00 AM EDT
Reminds me of one of my old cars :) [img]http://boards.rennlist.com/upload/1233.jpg[/img] [img]http://boards.rennlist.com/upload/1231.jpg[/img] [i]Powerful[/i] 600cc (that's 36.6 cubic inches), 26 hp, 2cylinder, 2 stroke [i]engine[/i]. Top speed 62 mph (stock) to 80 mph (modified), cruising speed about 50 mph. Ahhh, the benedictions of socialist progress. [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 10:36:38 AM EDT
Awwww...I think that's a cute little car KAR98. What's that say on the top of the windshield? Fahr-frum-anywhere? [:D]
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 10:49:09 AM EDT
I think it says something along the lines of "I'd rather have a car with body paneling made out of sheet metal, instead of this cheap-ass pressed artificial-resin-soaked scrapped-rags stuff for which there is no equivalent word in English, because everytime a piece of gravel bounces against the fender, it leaves a hole the size of a quarter, oh and by the way, I wish I had a real quarter, instead of those lousy, worthless, East German aluminum chips." Or something like that.
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 11:03:19 AM EDT
It can also be carbon plugging up the exaust. We see this often, comes mostly with age and rich fuel. Take of exaust, inspect, clean as needed. Did ya check the kill switch?[:D] BrenLover
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 1:43:53 PM EDT
Funny you posted this. Mine has been performing poorly for a couple of months now. About half an hour ago I threw it in the trash. I'm heading to Lowe's for a new one. This time it will be a four-stroke. I'm hoping Honda makes one. I love their mowers. Eddie
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 1:47:59 PM EDT
I guess since I still have a JETSKI....and I work on them, I could probably help. SO, you need to take the carburetor off and clean it up. It's not real complex nor hard to do. Use a good carb cleaning agent "spray" to clean jets and passages where there is gunk build-up. 2 strokes are pretty simple to work on..just take your time when dis-assembly and re-assembly are going on. Nothing like losing that that little "spring" on the ground. After you completely clean and re-assemble the engine..you may want to pop off about 31 rounds with your AR...in celebration of course [:D] it works for me! [b][blue]NAKED[/blue][/b]
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 2:06:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SorryOciffer: It can also be carbon plugging up the exaust. We see this often, comes mostly with age and rich fuel. Take of exaust, inspect, clean as needed. Did ya check the kill switch?[:D] BrenLover
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My congratulations to [blue][size=3] SorryOciffer! [/blue][/size=3] I took out the muffler as he suggested and it puuurrred like a noisy kitten. Dang it! I am so lucky to be in such fine and knowledgeable company. Now, how do I clean the muffler. It seems to be a sealed type. Is there some sort of chemicals that I can soak it in to clean it??? I hope to be able to return the favor one of these days!
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 2:44:33 PM EDT
[peep] With dirt bikes yah just heat up the exhaust with a camp fire or a propane torch, roll it around or bang it on something and all the carbon will fall out. FWIW I heard Automatic Transmission Fluid works good on carbon too.
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 3:23:05 PM EDT
If the exaust holes are big enough, insert some small ball bearings and shake the hell out of it. Fill with BBs or ball bearings, use duct tape and seal of all holes and give it to your kid toshake for 5 min open up and shake out bbs and carbon. This does not always work well enough though which in that case a new muffler is needed that go from $10-$25. To justify that though decide whether the machine is worth it (if it is a $60 throw away it would have to be in good shape to justify cost in my eyes.) Bryan
Link Posted: 6/16/2002 9:18:51 PM EDT
Also, a side note. This is the time of year when we all get our powered equipment out to use. This stuff sitting all winter is often made a home to hornets, wasps, bees, mice, etc. The flyin critters LOVE to plug mufflers because it is a safe cozy place. Tractors will often have engines with enough power to just blow the shit out the exaust on start up by mowers and trimmers do not so check them out. BrenLover
Link Posted: 6/17/2002 2:09:33 PM EDT
SorryOciffer, Bought a soak-in carburetor cleaner and let the muffler sit on it for the whole night. This morning, I took it out, dry it and shake the hell out of it to get the loose stuff, then installed it back. One thug on the starter and it was alive!!! It sounded quite nice too. Again, thank you and hope that I can return the favor one of these days.
Link Posted: 6/17/2002 2:27:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By riddler: Is there some sort of chemicals that I can soak it in to clean it???
ATF and mineral spirits or Acetone.
Link Posted: 6/17/2002 2:29:22 PM EDT
Sh*t, I was just about to buy a gas trimmer, but after reading all this BS, I may just get an electric. Nothing I hate worse than having to screw around with tools.
Link Posted: 6/17/2002 3:13:17 PM EDT
Really they aren't that bad. I am buying a 41cc Muryama trimmer. Major Kick @ss power and cutting path, pricy though at $500. I currently have one of their homeowner models ($180) and they are super. Bryan
Link Posted: 6/17/2002 4:09:50 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By mattja: Sh*t, I was just about to buy a gas trimmer, but after reading all this BS, I may just get an electric. Nothing I hate worse than having to screw around with tools.
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Well after 6 years of heavy use, I guess that it deserve a little TLC. Besides, that time, it only cost me $65. Had an electric trimmer before and not only are they cumbersome because of the wire (have a good size yard), they also do not have that much ooommpph! I burnt it out cutting a not so thick brush. As for the rechargeables, the battery makes it too heavy for me and it could not go the distance. YMMV
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