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Snow blower not getting gas

I purchased a Craftsman snow blower (model 247.88787) last year (November 2011) and never used it. I put gas in it recently and tried to start it for the first time. It appears that it is not getting gas to the carburetor. I am wondering if there is a gas shutoff somewhere?

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Once the snow comes down, it's no time to have a Craftsman snow blower that is not starting up for the first time. I hope the link provided below is helpful in getting the snow blower started while an expert responds to your specific questions. Thanks for your patience.
by Manage My Life
December 12th, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the snow blower. First, make sure the fuel you are using is less than five weeks old. If it is full of old fuel, you can use a turkey baster to remove the old fuel. Next, be sure red key is pushed in all the way. Then move the choke lever to on and push the primer 3 to 5 times. Then try to start the engine. If the engine does not start, I suspect the problem is a dirty carburetor. To confirm this pour a few teaspoons of fresh fuel into the throat of the carburetor (the first image below will show how to get access to the carburetor.) then pull the starter rope. If the engine tries to start or starts, I recommend cleaning the carburetor. I have posted a few images below to aid in cleaning the carburetor. Once the carburetor is apart, clean all the passages with carb cleaner and a bread tie wire.

Please work in a well ventilated area and use caution when working with fuel.

Please feel free to replay below if you need further assistance.

Here is a link to order any parts you need.

Sears Parts Direct

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If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired by a Sears technician. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:

Sears Home Services

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Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,840 community points in Electric Snowblowers
December 13th, 2012
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Mark, thanks for the reply. As far as I know, there has never been gasoline in the engine, unless they run the snowblower as part of the manufacturing process. It was purchase new a year ago, and because we had no snow last winter, it sat until this year before I added gasoline for the first time. It seems that the primer is not pushing gas to the carb, but I can't say for sure. Will I void my warranty or the additional service contract I purchased if I follow your recommendation to pour gas in the carb?
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December 13th, 2012
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