No start on a WeedEater FeatherLite

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Old 06-24-11, 06:03 AM
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No start on a WeedEater FeatherLite

I have a weedeater with good spark, rebuilt carburetor but no go. Checked compression and seems too low for a 2 cycle engine (at or below 100 lbs). Added a squirt of oil and compression went straight up to 130 plus so I'm thinking bad rings or worst. Anybody have any other suggestions as to where to look?
 
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Old 06-24-11, 09:36 AM
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Remove the muffler and look in to the exhaust port. From there you can see the cylinder and piston to tell if they are scored. The featherlites were $58 at walmart... not really meant to be repaired.
 
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Old 06-24-11, 10:23 AM
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Thanx, Cheese, yeah, I'll do that tonite.Do you know what the compression is supposed to be on 2 cycle engines? I'm getting mixed numbers. Some say it should at least start on about 90 lbs and some say 125 lbs?
 
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Old 06-24-11, 06:55 PM
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There is no magic number because it depends on the speed the engine was turning during the test and other things. 90 psi is low for a 2-stroke, low even for a 4 stroke. I'd say anything less than ~110 indicates problems. 130-150 is ideal. A low-tech way of doing a leakdown test that will tell you a lot about the condition of a 2 stroke is... set the trimmer on the ground. Pick it up by the pull rope handle. If the whole unit comes up and slowly lets down with a "plop-plop-plop" sound and motion, it probably has enough compression and the cylinder/piston are probably in decent condition. If it doesn't pick up, or if it picks up for just a second or two and lets down rapidly with a "slush-slush" sound, it's probably not good enough to start. Pick up a good one to see how it does, then compare to that.
 
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Old 06-27-11, 06:20 AM
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Thanks, Cheese, took it apart and sure enough the piston and cylinder are scored pretty bad, so looking for yard sale machine and going to change the head and piston if i find one.
 
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