"Dirt" affecting the "needle" won't make a carb leak.
Still, I'm reminded of a cartoon where an auto mechanic is showing a part
taken from a doctor's Mercedes to the owner. The mechanic is saying:
"There's a lot we still don't understand about carburetors..."
It can- but it is also likely, since they said they rebuilt the carb,
that the new guy got the spring clip wrong;
I wonder how much Kate paid them to screw up a rebuild- and how much
less it would have been to just replace the carb.
Worrying is good... but snow blowers love the cold-- just like sled dogs
or polar bears. Put it behind your house to minimize drive-by
opportunistic burglary. Chain it to a big tree in you're concerned about
But don't put a tarp over it as another poster said. The fumes from the
leaking gas will become trapped and concentrated making the potential
for a huge explosion...
Agree. About the only way an explosion would occur would be by poking
a match under the tarp...I suppose if it is an electric start some
dimbulb might try to start it withoug removing the tarp first..
I would put it outside, but cover it partly, leave the bottom edges
open so the fumes can blow around, but keep it covered enuf so that
rain/snow doesn't get on/into it. Then, if you have to start it
before Jan 4, take the cover off and let it ventilate for about a
minute or so to waft away the gasoline fumes and then plug it in and
start it.. Take a look before you put it outside and see if you can
tell where the leak is coming from. Taking the whole carburetor apart
may be nonsense if it is simply the screws in the gas line or the nut
on the bottom of the carburetor that needs tightening. However, if
there is dirt inside the bowl that is keeping the float needle valve
from closing when the bowl fills with gasoline, then the bowl needs to
come off. But, that can be done without taking the whole carburetor
off the engine. I would sure try to find an alternate fixer, if you
live in a rural area, there must be some handymen/women around who
help their friends out rather than a two-hour drive.
Whimp! It is only leaking 2 tablespoons a day. That isn't much at all.
Gas vaporates VERY rapidly. 2 tablespoons would burn ( in the slim
chance it cought fire) so quickly that nothing else would be affected.
Put a wide mouth glass jar under it to catch the gas. The wide mouth
will let it evaporate quicker. Hell, a saucer might even be better.
You won't have any problems.
In regards to the leak. They probably didn't clean your carb correctly
or they didn't clean your fuel system (gas tank and lines). If dirt
got inside your carb, there is dirt/rust in your tank or some foreign
material in your tank. when you get the carb cleaned again, make sure
they clean the whole system. Look inside your tank a the bottom, is
there rust? Debris? Anything but gas?
I had to move it outside. The fumes were getting into my home when
stored inside my garage. I moved it to the shed, and after one hour the
odor was horrible.
Thanks for the tips. I need all the help I can get. LOL
No, it isn't safe. It probably won't catch fire, but do you want to take
Imagine there is a fire, and the insurance company finds out that you were
aware of a fitting leaking gasoline. Do you think they have a clause in
your policy exempting them from indemnity if you are aware of such a
Drain the gas from the tank, and find another company to do the repair.
Post a note in your local Craigslist with the name of the company that
returned your equipment dripping gasoline just before they went on vacation
for two weeks.
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