8hp Tecumseh snowblower won't idle


Old 10-30-06, 06:25 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 5
Thumbs down 8hp Tecumseh snowblower won't idle

I took my MTD snowblower out of storage and wanted to make sure that all was ready for this snow season. After put gas in and pumping the primer bulb, set chock to on, it started on the second pull. Know I turned off the chock and the engine began to surge. It will surge from 3/4 throttle to idle, full throttle is good and has good power. I thought that the gas was drained last spring so as to avoid gum build up from ald gas. Would appreciate any ideas for this problem.
Thanks Whales123
Sponsored Links
Old 10-30-06, 07:02 PM
mikesmalleng's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 109
When the gas is drained, you need to make sure the the gas in the caburetor bowl is removed also.
Some Tecumseh carbs have a drain on the carb, bowl.

Either way, thecarburetor needs to be cleaned out.
Old 10-30-06, 09:47 PM
cheese's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: USA
Posts: 16,815
I agree, it is a carb problem. Usually when this problem occurrs, the bowl screw needs to be cleaned out. When you remove the bowl, look at the bolt that holds it on. On most of these carbs, there are 4 holes in them. Two oppose each other near the head of the bolt, one goes down through the center, and one very tiny one is near the end, in an unthreaded section of the bolt. This one is usually where the problem lies, and is very hard to see when it's clogged. Use a piece of small wire, or a torch tip cleaner to unclog it. If this doesn't solve the problem, I would proceed to clean the entire carburetor.

Last edited by cheese; 10-31-06 at 10:58 PM.
Old 10-31-06, 03:15 AM
puey61's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 3,224
Agreed and in the future, I recommend not draining the fuel but rather keep a full tank of fuel and use the proper amount of fuel stabilizer during periods of storage. The full tank will greatly reduce the chance of condensation accumulation and furthermore, I highly recommend running the engine once a month for 10-15 minutes at 1/2-throttle during storage for any and all power equipment stored during the summer months. Always check your engines' oil level before each running and shut the fuel valve off after each running.
Old 11-01-06, 07:48 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 5

Thanks everyone for your help, will get working on this Saturday

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes