Homelite gas trimmer shuts off after 5 minutes

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Old 05-22-05, 11:45 AM
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Unhappy Homelite gas trimmer shuts off after 5 minutes

Hi I have a homelite gas trimmer that has been great for years. Just yesterday when useing it, It started normally and ran fine for about 5 minutes and just shut off. It would not restart. The only way I could restart it was to take the sparkplug out and sandpapber the black soot off. After that it started right up and ran for another 5 minutes, and the same thing happenes. What could be wrong and what should I do to fix it, thanks.
 
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Old 05-23-05, 12:26 AM
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Is the trimmer smoking a lot more than usual? Have you tried a new plug?
 
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Old 05-23-05, 03:09 AM
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Heavy oil mix or old stale fuel whereas you have fuel/oil seperation.
 
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Old 05-23-05, 06:56 AM
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Heavy oil mix or old stale fuel whereas you have fuel/oil seperation.
OK, thanks, I am going to try a new spark plug and dilute the mixture a bit. And yes It does seem to always smoke a lot when running.
 
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Old 05-23-05, 03:00 PM
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I don't recommend "diluting"!!! What if you go too light...seizure. Start with a fresh batch of properly mixed fuel/oil. I highly recommend using synthetic oil mixed at the manufacturers recommended ratio...not what your equipment calls for. As for the smoking, you likely have excessive oil accumulation in the muffler. Disect such and clean out with a spray cleaner and compressed air. You may too have accumulation in the crankcase. The easiest way here is to run (with a known good mix) until it clears up or you can go ahead and remove the crankcase cover and clean out as you did the muffler if you so choose.
 
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