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Weed wacker will run

My Craftsman's weed wacker (model # 316.791080) does run smoothly when depressing the throttle. It acts like it is not getting fuel. The gas is good (blower has the same gas in the tank and it runs fine). Is the carb bad?

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The answer Barbara H sent has good information for testing the trimmer.

I would replace the spark plug and clean the air cleaner. Pull the small fuel line out of the tank and remove the fuel pick up. Be sure the end of the fuel line is immersed in fuel and try to run the trimmer. If the problem goes away, replace the fuel pick up.

Remove the muffler and clean it.

With all this done, if the problem persists, I would replace the carburetor.

The part number of the carburetor is 753-06288, and the price is $15.89. The carburetor gasket is part number 753-06253, and the price is $2.16.

You can order the parts at

Parts Direct
by Manage My Life
May 10th, 2011
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Weed wackers take a lot of use and keep running but when a problem develops like this it is good to have access to expert help. While you wait for the expert to review, if you did not have access to the owner's manual I attached in the second link below. I use mine for problems like this all the time. I also found a previous expert post with some suggestions that may help get this going. It is the first link. Hope this information helps.
by Manage My Life
May 8th, 2011
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