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05-26-04, 02:41 PM   #1  
Honda Powered Generator won't start ...

I have a Devilbiss generator powered by a a Honda GX 270 (XHNXS.2702AA). I purchased it after the last ice storm here in NC a couple of years ago and was good about running it every three months or so until about a year ago. I haven't started it for about a year and when I tried today it would not fire.

I drained the old gas from the tank, the carb and the sediment cup. I then put some fresh gas in the tank and now it will fire and run for a second or two but then dies. The engine has never been used for its intended purpose since I bought it, i.e. we haven't been w/o power since.

Any suggestions? From what I have read here in other threads it sounds like the carb may need to be cleaned. I am sure I can do it if some kind soul will point me in the right direction.

By the way what is this quick start spray that is mentioned in other threads? Do Home Depot or Lowes carry it.

Thanks for any help provided

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05-27-04, 12:20 AM   #2  
Hello ncmike!

It does sound like the carb needs a good cleaning. I suggest removing it, and disassemble it and remove any rubber parts, especially the needle. Then soak it in an automotive carb cleaner like chemdip (available at most auto parts stores in a gallon can). Follow directions on the can. Use compressed air to blow out all passages, and pick up a set of torch tip cleaners (available at welder supply stores and large hardware/home improvement stores) and use them to clear out all passages.

I think the quick-start spray you are thinking of is just starting fluid. It won't do any good in your situation.

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06-09-11, 07:11 PM   #3  
Just found my problem after trying everything else
Exhaust choked with a Wasp nest.

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