Check the car­bu­re­tor bowl for gas

The Family Handyman - - CAR + GARAGE -

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.

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