Red Max Blower Won't Start

Old 03-21-11, 07:40 PM
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Question Red Max Blower Won't Start

I bought a used Red Max blower a couple years ago. I've owned a couple Red Max blowers and a Red Max trimmer and never had engine troubles with the first two. This one was a bit finicky when I got it: It generally started up fine (maybe took an extra pull or two, but nothing terribly unusual), but would act starved for fuel after switching to full throttle. Leaving it about halfway choked for a minute or two would usually help. Generally, I'd let it idle for a bit, gun the throttle in bursts, and after this little warmup ritual, it would run fine.

However, after sitting in the garage all winter I was unable to start it this year. It's not even sputtering as I might expect it to do if the problem was in the carburator. I replaced the spark plug and tested to ensure it's getting a spark and cleaned the carb for good measure.

I'm sure the problem could be a number of things, but I'm hoping the preceding symptoms might help identify the culprit. Any thoughts? Carburator? Compression (haven't actually tested the compression, but placing my thumb over the plug hole at least indicated that there's something there)? Clogged exhaust? I was going to just dig in and see what I turned up, but I thought I'd solicit a educated guess or two from the DIY community before tearing it apart.

Thanks in advance for your time.

Old 03-21-11, 08:51 PM
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If the fuel lines & cylinder bore & exhaust are O.K,, Install a carb kit & adjust the meetering lever to spec... The fuel you buy today is rotton in no time... Thro a carb kit into it & you'll be fine.... Roger

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