Gas Edger Problems?

Old 04-27-03, 04:08 PM
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Gas Edger Problems?

I have a craftsman Gas Edger (3.0hp 4 cycle). It woked fine all last year and now I am having trouble starting it. All connections are tight. I dropped some gas into the spark plug and it starts for a couple of seconds and then shuts off. I put a new spark plug and new air filter and still no go? Any Ideas?
Old 04-27-03, 04:29 PM
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Carburetor Problem

Hello jote

The problem is no fuel is getting into the cyclinder. Most likely cause is a gummed up carb which happens when fuel turns stale.

Solution is to remove the carb, clean it out, including all the fuel passages and reinstall a new carb rebuilding kit of parts.

Also be sure fuel flows out of the tank. Remove the fuel line hose at the carb and test for fuel flow. Fuel should flow freely. If not, check for restrictions in the tank, the line and any fuel filter.

Diaphram carbs usually require a new diaphram. Successful carb cleaning for all types of carbs oftens requires replacement of the needle and seat as well.

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Old 04-27-03, 07:12 PM
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Hello jote!

Tom is right, you have carb problems. Look at the pic on this link about the hollow bolt that holds the fuel bowl on, and how to clean the tiny holes in it:

This should get you going again.

Let us know how you make out!

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