STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17165 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 24233 times:
I live in Central Jersey and Im up to atleast 10" of snow and still counting, my Toro 2 cycle snow blower will not Start!!!!!
I bought gas today and oil which I mixed in a separate container, I put the mixture in the tank but noticed that there was a little gas in there from last Winter. I must admit I did not properly store the blower since last winter, it's been in my shed with the gas from last winter still in it.
I primed the thing a thousand times, pulled the choke and have been pulling at the cord so many times my arm is hurting bad.
Is the something I could do to get the thing going, I have a relatively big driveway and shoveling sucks!
I went to Sears Hardware today and they were all sold out of 4 cycle snow blowers, when they get them in stock Im deffinetly going to by one of those self propelled 4 stroke snow blowers because my 2 stroke paddel blower is not working consitently.
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 24169 times:
Something similar happened to us a few years ago...accidentally left only a small amount of gas in the snowblower (Toro 2 cycle) over the summer. Very bad idea! Had to take it in for service, but they were able to fix it no problem. The gas had gunked up and it needed to be cleaned out. Be sure in the future to run all the gas out if you won't be using it for awhile, and consider adding Stabil (I think its called) to your gas can which preserves the gas for a bit longer before it goes bad. The service guy said that Toro's are traditionally extremely reliable, and most problems they see are because of improper owner care
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1656 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 24161 times:
My John Deere TRS21 is a great little two-stroke machine, but occasionally I have trouble getting it to start. I have pulled my arm off, tried all different choke settings, and pushed the primer anywhere from 0 to 80,000 times, all to no avail.
The problem with all two-stroke engines is their remarkable ability to foul spark plugs. More than once I have had to pull the plug on my snowthrower's engine and clean the carbon off the end. Because of the oil mixed in with the gas, I often find myself having to clean the plug due to too much gunk being deposited on it. After a good cleaning, it starts right up.
Good luck with your machine. Those four-strokes do look nice, especially with a driveway as long as mine!
Jagflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3688 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 24111 times:
We also have a Toro 2 Stroke. You probably flooded the engine by priming it so many times. Also make sure that the little plastic choke is all the way to the left (I think?) or all the way towards where the arrow points. The choke is on the bottom left side. Also make sure your not holding onto the handle that starts the paddles in the front. Check the spark plugs and carb for gunk. DO NOT EVER PUSH THE PRIMER MORE THAN 4-5 times or you will flood the engine and it will start, burn the gas quickly and die. Also once it is started after 10 seconds move the choke the the middle and start pushing with the paddles engaged.
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MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14537 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 24106 times:
What can happen if you leave it for a long time with fuel in the carburetor is thatn the gassoline evaporates and only the oil gets left. This oil oxydices and becomes really thick and gummy, clogging the small metering nozzle in the carburetor.
Jetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1697 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 24093 times:
I had the same problem with my Toro S200 cycle snow blower. When you let the fuel sit over the summer, the oil settles out from the fuel and settles in the fuel line. No matter how much you pull or use the electric start, it will not start.
What I do is carefully spray engine starter fluid into the carb intake. When you start it, it will run first on just the starter fluid and may die out. Spray again until it will run on its own. It will smoke like hell until the oil is out of the line and is using fresh fuel.
The oil in the 2 cycle mixture is heavier than the gas and will settle out of the gas over time. Also when mixing the oil and gas, do it in a separate container and shake it up before fueling the snow blower