I have a Homelite trimmer. The little bulb is shot from age. I pulled the
carb, and cleaned, and replaced, and it runs fine if you keep pumping the
bulb. It has a small hole in it. Does one have to go buy the whole kit to
get the bulb?
Headed that way as we speak. I was amazed at how easy it was to
disassemble, and reassemble. Just washed stuff in gas. Fired right up, but
wouldn't run without pumping, and upon pumping, pumped gas out. It's a
cheap Homelite, but I think if you just run the right mix of gas, they will
work a long time. Then, if you can fix things, that helps, too.
Here's another hint, in the form of a question: What do you
think the little primer button does? If you push it, and the
engine floods and gas comes out, do you think the primer is
part of the problem?
If the engine runs "as long as you keep pushing the primer
button" do you think that maybe something else is wrong?
While you're at it, replace the fuel lines (it is VERY important you re
[place with proper size) and the filter in the tank. Also check to
make sure the tank vent is working (usually a flapper in the gas cap).
When replacing the fuel lines you will have to shove them thru a hole
in the tank. . Some fuel lines get brittle and crack, others get soft
and mushy. Either way, replace them. The can be bought at most mower
repair shops. Take the old ones in with you to match them up. Buy a
few inches extra.
Professional tip: To make this very easy to do, cut the fuel line at
an angle, then they will go in much easier.
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