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I have a Craftsman snow blower that will not start.

The Model is #247889702. It is just under 1 year old and last year, I neglected to run it dry. I am assuming that I probably have a gas gum build up that needs to be cleaned out. Is this something that is easy enough to do on my own or does it need to be brought in for service? If it needs to be brought in, is that covered under warranty? I would prefer if it can be done on my own as getting it to a repair center will be a challenge.

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Mark T
Miranda,


There are a few different ways to drain the fuel out of the tank. You can remove the fuel line from the bottom of the tank and drain the fuel into an approved container. The only problem is the fuel line on newer snow blowers is not that easy to access. The easiest way to drain the fuel an all snow blowers is to use a turkey baster. The turkey baster is long enough to reach the bottom of the tank. It takes a little longer but it is easy. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you, Mark.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Craftsman
January 22nd, 2012
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What if we just refilled the fuel tank completely? How do I drain the fuel?
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January 21st, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the snow blower. By the symptoms you are having I suspect the problem is dirty passages in the carburetor. This type of repair is not usually covered because it is not manufacture defect. To cure the problem I recommend draining the rest of the old fuel and cleaning the main jet in the carburetor. You will need to purchase a can for carb cleaner from the local auto parts store. Then click on the following link to watch a video on how to clean the carburetor.

How to clean snow blower carburetor



The engine is not the same but it will give you an idea on how to do this. I have provided you with an image showing the break down of the carburetor.

Please use extreme caution when dealing with fuel.

Then after you have cleaned the carburetor, start the engine and slowly turn the choke off.

Please let me know if you have any other question on this problem.

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 at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

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Mark T.
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