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179cc 21" craftsman snowblower will not start.

Only used this snowblower 3 times . I emptied gas before putting it away. changed the spark plug, changed the oil put new gas in it and it would not start. I am at my wits end because we paid $469 for it and another $174 to have it shipped to us because we live almost 3 hours from the nearest sears store. We just do not know what else we can do to get it started. Was still under warranty but the way the warranty is does not help me. Can not afford to pay $99 for service call or to make two trips to sears to take it and go get it. Am disabled veteran. Can anyone give me a hand with what to do. Wish they would do a recall on this. I always loved craftsman until this happened.

Craftsman , Electric Snowblowers , Snow Removal Equipment
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Mark T

I am sorry you are having a problem with the snow blower. I recommend smelling the fuel that is leaking out. If it smells like varnish or not like gasoline I suspect fuel left in the unit went bad over the summer. When this happens, it is necessary to drain the old fuel and clean the 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.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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by Mark T Earned 1,649 community points in Craftsman
December 10th, 2012
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