I got a 5HP Tecumseh engine on a snowblower and the catburetor is
varnished up. I can tell from the smell of the old gas. There was no
gas in the tank but must have been some in the carb bowl and gas line.
At first it would not start at all, but after turning the needle on
the bottom of the bowl, I got it to start. Although it will keep
running, I must keep it aprtly choked or it dies. If I attempt to put
it to some snow, it dies right away.
I put some spray carb cleaner in the gas (new gas), and left it run
for an hour. The running has smoothed out, but it still needs to stay
halfway choked and still dies under load.
Is there a better carb cleaner, or something like laquer thinner that
I can add to the gas to clean it while it runs? If this is not
possible and I must tear the carb apart, is there a way to do it
without a rebuild kit? I am asking this because I live in a rural area
and am snowed in. I cant just get a kit, and even if I could get out
of here, I'd still have to order the kit. I'm thinking of just
removing the bowl and cleaning it and the needle. If I do tear it
apart, what is the best thing to remove the crud, just the spray carb
cleaner, or is there something better?
I have the spray cleaner and laquer thinner on hand.
One other thing. How many turns from the stop (finger tight) should
the needle be backed out for the initial starting. I am just guessing
PS. I can leave it idle till it runs out of gas if there is a way to
disolve the crud while it runs, which is what I prefer, since I have
no way to get parts.....
All help appreciated.