Ryobi String Trimmer starting problem


Old 04-05-05, 02:06 PM
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Ryobi String Trimmer starting problem

Last summer, I purchased a Ryobi 31cc gas string trimmer. It was sold as "factory reconditioned", at a good price, with a very minimal warranty. When I first got it, it seemed to run OK, but little by little a began stalling, after which it was VERY hard to restart, then it became harder to start cold. Now, I can't get it to start at all. I can't just throw it away (I wouldn't accept defeat that quickly!), but I'm not sure where to look. I am pretty handy with such things, but I'm not really familiar with the small two-cycle engines. Any suggestions where I should begin?
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Old 04-05-05, 02:43 PM
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First area to check out is the piston and cylinder. Remove the muffler and the exhaust port will give you a good view of them. They should be nice and shiney. While you're there, check that the exhaust port is open and free of any carbon build-up. Post back with your findings once done. By the way, I would never suggest buying a reconditioned 2-stroker...it's usually bad news...previous owner forgot to add oil to the gas!!!
Old 04-06-05, 08:11 AM
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I guess I'm destined to learn the hard way that there are really never any "great deals". Thanks. I'll check and post findings.

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