I bought a small gas powered leaf blower at an auction; it didn't look like
it had been used.
Today I used it for the first time. After about 2 hours of use it stalled.
With difficulty I got it restarted, but it stalled in a couple minutes. I
got it started again, but it stalled immediately.
I emptied the gas tank into another blower, which ran fine; so its not the
So, any idea what my problem might be? I took as much of it as I dared
apart. The air intake is spotless, and gas seems to flow properly when I
push on the plastic bulb.
On 11/13/2005 3:43 PM US(ET), Toller took fingers to keyboard, and typed
Is this a two cycle engine? If so, do you have the correct gas oil
mixture? Is the other blower a two cycle engine also? The oil in a two
cycle engine is used to lubricate the moving parts. If the mixture is
wrong, there may not be enough lubrication and the parts will expand,
seizing up the engine.There are different mixtures for different brands
or models. Make sure you are using the right mixture for that model.
Could be something as simple as it is just plain worn out. I had a Homelite
chainsaw like that. After just a few hours run time, there was not enough
compression for it to run.
Could also be the magneto, sparkplug, kill switch, Does it get a spark?
Remove the spark plug wire from the plug. Let it dangle about 1/4" from the
plug. Pull the cord and look to see if a spark jump across the gap. Best
done in a shaded area so you can see it better.
Have someone hold the wire while you pull the cord. If they jump around,
scream obscenities, attempt to harm you, there is a good spark.
Bad news is that I didn't read your instructions properly, so I couldn't get
a spark from either the good or bad blower.
Good news is that I decided the least I could do was test the spark plug by
swapping them between my two blowers. Now they both work fine. I suppose
the wire must not have been as tight on the plug as it should have been?
Still, thanks for your help.
That sure sounds like you used straight gasoline in a two cycle engine.
If so the engine is likely toast now. Without mixing the correct amount of
the correct oil with the gas is like driving your car without oil. It will
not run long.
I hope I am wrong.
Since you have another 2 stroke blower im sure you have a gas oil mix,
see if it gets spark when it dies, it could be the ignition module or
even plug wire, or even bad plug, If it gets spark its fuel maybe an air
leak or no fuel, try to flood it and check the plug, no fuel could be
dirt in the carb.
The gasket between the carb and the head may be leaking.
Pull the carb, make a new gasket out of thin cardboard, reinstall, try it
(scrape the old gasket off and use permatex (blue) on the new one-both
Plugs dropped can be bad only when hot, many times ive purchased bad
plugs, and have seen those individual boxes dented from being dropped,
by carless customers or store employees. Do test the spark, holding the
wire is awakening. Unless you have a weak heart.
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