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sears craftsman leaf blower won't start

by Manage My Life
November 17th, 2010

Model # 358.797180, 200 mph. At first I thought problem was carburetor being gummed up due to being improperly winterized by previous owner. Replaced carb with new, did not fix problem. Also replaced fuel filter.

Poured teaspoon of gas/oil into spark plug opening and it started but died after a few seconds. This tells me I have spark and compression.

I don't believe either fuel line has a crack. The primer bulb works and I can see the gas inside the bulb. When I prime it, however, I notice the main fuel line remains empty (i.e. full of air). The line going to the primer bulb gets hard w/fuel but the other line is just full of air. I'm unsure if I am not setting the fuel filter in the right location? Does it just sit inside the belly of the fuel tank? Somehow fuel is not reaching the cylinder. It seems like it is not priming correctly. What is supposed to happen when I squeeze the primer bulb - should the main fuel line gets filled with fuel as well?

Thanks for your help!

Craftsman , Gas Blowers , Kenmore PRO Appliances
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Joseph Perez
It is very important that your leaf blower powers on properly since your porch can get a lot of dirt and leafs buildup this time of year. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with a more information about your problem. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Craftsman
November 17th, 2010
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