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[#] Sun Aug 28 2016 19:26:14 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Your fuel.  Have you been using ethanol free fuel in your small engine?  If you don't use ethanol free fuel, your gonna have a bad time.



[#] Mon Aug 29 2016 11:02:58 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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There's no such thing as ethanol free in these parts..... But if you run small engines empty, it should be fine - and it usually doesn't cause a problem with the engine itself, but the fuel system.

Take the spark plug out and put some oil in and let it soak for a couple of days. Then try to turn the engine again.

[#] Mon Aug 29 2016 11:21:52 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Where are "these parts"?  

http://www.pure-gas.org/

 



[#] Mon Aug 29 2016 11:27:42 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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2016-08-29 11:21 from zooer @uncnsrd
Where are "these parts"?  

http://www.pure-gas.org/

 


South-eastern New York - Westchester County specifically.

[#] Mon Aug 29 2016 12:24:35 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Wow, you are correct.  I thought they had ethanol free everywhere.  Expensive, but it would be available.  



[#] Tue Aug 30 2016 09:26:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Weird. I'll try putting some oil in the spark plug socket and letting it soak, and we'll see what happens.

The weird thing is that the engine was not run dry; it had both fuel and oil, and both are reasonably fresh. The engine also hadn't been sitting/stored, either -- it had been running fine some 20 minutes earlier.

[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 10:32:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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when adding oil through the spark plug socket, should the engine be tilted so that the socket faces up?

[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 14:48:01 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I guess it depends... Don't know which way the piston sits....

[#] Sun Sep 04 2016 07:23:08 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I witnessed two guys trying to jump start a car in a parking lot.  Myself and one other guy who lent the jumper cables said, "Positive to positive, negative to metal frame on the dead car."  These guys say, "it's fine it's fine."  They are testing how well the dead car's battery is charged by keeping the headlights on and looking into them.  It was a bright sunny morning and he is on one knee looking into a headlight saying "I can't tell, I can't tell, must not be very bright so it needs to charge more."   Eventually the dead car starts.

It belonged to a little old lady who thanked the men, got into her car and said. "Let's see if it starts again." and turned the car off.



[#] Mon Sep 05 2016 07:41:31 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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expectation not satisfied

story should have ended with an engaged gear or at least one car fire



[#] Sat Oct 01 2016 17:36:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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How about a story that ends with someone getting chopped into pieces with a chainsaw? It can happen ... if someone here helps me fix a chainsaw engine.

My dad gave me a 20+ year old Craftsman chainsaw, in non-working condition.
We knew the fuel line was broken, so I replaced the fuel line all the way from the carbeurator to the tank, and replaced the pickup/filter just for good measure.

At this point it would run for a moment or two if I sprayed some carb and choke cleaner into the throttle body, then it died. The next thing I did was to clean the spark plug. At this point it now starts, runs fine at idle speed for as long as I want it to, but it reliably stalls after just a few seconds of running at high (cutting) speed.

What could this be? The way it stalls sounds like it's starved for fuel, but I see fuel in the line, no bubbles.

[#] Sun Oct 02 2016 16:17:45 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Sat Oct 01 2016 05:36:38 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
How about a story that ends with someone getting chopped into pieces with a chainsaw? It can happen ... if someone here helps me fix a chainsaw engine.

My dad gave me a 20+ year old Craftsman chainsaw, in non-working condition.
We knew the fuel line was broken, so I replaced the fuel line all the way from the carbeurator to the tank, and replaced the pickup/filter just for good measure.

At this point it would run for a moment or two if I sprayed some carb and choke cleaner into the throttle body, then it died. The next thing I did was to clean the spark plug. At this point it now starts, runs fine at idle speed for as long as I want it to, but it reliably stalls after just a few seconds of running at high (cutting) speed.

What could this be? The way it stalls sounds like it's starved for fuel, but I see fuel in the line, no bubbles.

Clogged carb jets?



[#] Sun Oct 02 2016 22:59:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Clogged carb jets?

That's kinda what I'm thinking too ... but I don't know much about carbeuretors.
Is it like, a big piece of debris could be floating around in there, and when the engine is revved it plugs up a hole somewhere?

[#] Mon Oct 03 2016 19:49:23 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Sun Oct 02 2016 10:59:35 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
Clogged carb jets?

That's kinda what I'm thinking too ... but I don't know much about carbeuretors.
Is it like, a big piece of debris could be floating around in there, and when the engine is revved it plugs up a hole somewhere?

Probably more like something's gunked it up and, while there's enough flow to get it started and let it idle, when you go to throttle it up, there's not enough flow and the engine starves.



[#] Thu Oct 06 2016 17:40:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yeesh. So basically I'm looking at a carbeuretor rebuild ... or for $12 I might as well just replace it. Unless there's a way to give it a thorough cleaning without taking it apart?

[#] Mon Oct 10 2016 18:03:47 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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You could try spraying the snot out of it with carb cleaner.

[#] Mon Oct 10 2016 19:26:39 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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...and not vice-versa, that will just clog it back up.



[#] Thu Oct 13 2016 16:44:29 EDT from pandora @ Uncensored

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Yea, I'd try carb cleaner first. Ethanol is the biggest problem when it sits, but it just going through the carb can cause premature wear on the rubber bits, plus even draining the fuel there's still some that's left in the carb. Lucus makes an ethanol treatment, it's well worth the money. My falcon can sit 6 months and be fine, but the one time I forgot it and it sat for a month you coudl tell there was water in the fuel when I finally started it back up.



[#] Thu Oct 13 2016 16:46:11 EDT from pandora @ Uncensored

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And if you want ethanol free gas, you might be able to buy it at places like a tractor supply store, as long as it's for "off road use." The pure gas website is for people who want ethanol free gas for road use I believe. You can also get ethanol free gas from the docks.



[#] Thu Oct 13 2016 20:45:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Carb cleaner it is, then ... and if that doesn't work, then the $12 replacement (and no, it's not the $12 part that I'm hesitating on, it's the procedure of replacing it; I might screw something else up).

This was my dad's chainsaw, and it did sit around for a long time. Once I get it running again, it'll stay running, because I use fuel stabilizer religiously, and all of my small engines start easily every time. Everything except the car gets fuel stabilizer, no matter how soon I think I'll use the fuel.

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