Check the carburetor bowl for gas
The engine can’t get gas if the fuel filter is plugged or the carburetor inlet needle is stuck. Check the fuel filter (if equipped) by removing the fuel line at the carburetor. Gas should run out. If it doesn’t, remove the fuel line ahead of the fuel filter inlet. If gas flows, the filter is clogged. Replace it. If you still don’t get any gas, the fuel line is kinked or plugged. And check inside the tank for any debris that might clog the outlet.
If you’re getting gas to the carburetor, check to see if there’s any fuel in the bowl. Clamp off the fuel line with a C-clamp. Then remove the bowl ( Photo 1). If the bowl is empty, the problem is a stuck inlet needle and seat. They’re easy and cheap to replace ( Photo 2). But before you buy the parts, check the condition of the rest of the carburetor’s interior ( Photo 3). If you see any corrosion, it’s “game over.” A corroded carburetor is a dead carburetor. Replace it.