Craftsman Hassle-Free III, overheating, rough running, prone to die, with pics.

Old 09-12-12, 08:49 PM
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Craftsman Hassle-Free III, overheating, rough running, prone to die, with pics.

So I bought this weed whacker last week at a garage sale half off, for 1.50. It said "needs repair" but I figured I couldn't go wrong for that price. So I took it home tried to crank it, nothing. I took it apart, cleaned it up a bit replaced the fuel and it started up for me. It was running rough though and not idling well at all. I opened it up a bit and managed to whack a few weeds, but I noticed after 5 minutes or so that it was incredibly hot so I turned it off. I noticed a little smoke coming from the muffler area. So I took it apart again, took apart the carb this time and all the gaskets seem to be in good order. I let em dry out then reassembled it. Now I am waiting to put the whole thing back together until I get some idea what is wrong. First suspect is the torn gaskets, one from the carb housing and another one shown in the picture. Second suspect is the fuel lines, I bought new ones even though I think the old ones are fine. Third suspect, gas mix might have had too much oil because I kinda eyeballed a half gallon's worth. It might even be the muffler, some debris rattles around when I shake it. Was hoping someone could help me make this thing run again, any tips for checking for leaks in the fuel lines? Thanks for the help, Joe
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Old 09-12-12, 11:50 PM
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That bad gasket in the first pic is probably the main cause of your problems.

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