I HAVE seen carb spray used to keep engines running temporarily for short
periods of time. Sometimes, it's is all that's needed to get it running
until it can suck up/pass what's the problem. No longer than ten seconds or
so for carb cleaner. I would not use ether (starting fluid) at all except
for diesel motors, and then, just to get it kicked off, then let it run or
NO LONGER THAN TEN SECONDS IN ANY CASE. Or less.
I used to use carb cleaner on hard to start small engines but found
that on four cycle engines the intake valve would often begin to
stick.... it was loosening the built up gunk of them ... as for
leaves on the lawn. Who cares? The lawnmower will mulch them next
On Nov 8, 2:33 am, "Mr. Austerity" <"PrintMo.Money "> wrote:
It will mulch the leaves next year,
after the grass has died from being smothered by
the leaves while it's still growing during the Fall. Unless
you have an insignificant amount of leaves, which folks
who own a walk-behind leaf blower usually do not, then
they need to be removed in the Fall.
yes - so what? It is still ether (and Heptane) with an upper cyl lube
added. It is STILL dangerous if mis-used or over-used.
You are free to use it that way on YOUR equipment, but PLEASE do not
advocate it's misuse by others.
I didn't see this in sampling above responses: a lot of yard equipment
has a 'spark suppressor' screen on the exhaust. It can get plugged with
carbon. I've seen it cause symptoms like you're seeing. Times I've
dealt with it, it's been under the muffler.
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