I got it out last week and it would not start. It had good spark but would not even pop. I sprayed a little gas in the air cleaner and it started for a second. I took the hose off the gas tank and cleaned it. Still no start. I finally pulled the bowl off the bottom of the carburetor to find it full of water and things were getting rusty and clogged. One full can of spray carb cleaner and a rag to wipe away the rust in the bowl, and it started right up and runs great again.
My question is how in the heck did the water get in there? Yes, the mower sits outside at times, and has been rained on. However, I ALWAYS replace the gas cap immediately when I add gas. The gas tank is plastic and has a plastic cap that threads about 3/4" over the fill hole, and closes tightly. There is no vent hole or any hole in the cap, or in the tank. No one else uses the mower. So, how in the heck did the water get in there, and the whole bowl was full of water. I tend to wonder how much more was in the gas tank, so I drained it and refilled, and added some "HEET".
My only possible thought is that it could have possibly leaked into the air cleaner, since that air cleaner is a plastic snap on piece of shit that tends to fall off every so often and never fits well. I might be wrong, but I think that any water that would leak in there would go to the engine, not the carb bowl.... (I think)?
Does anyone have an explanation or suggestion?
I guess next fall I will have to add HEET to all the gas powered stuff before storing it,,,,
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