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My Craftsman Snow blower, model 247.889702 will not start. What can I do to get this started?

I have changed the spark plug and have adjusted to the proper gap

I ran out all of the fuel last spring before storing for the summer

I've followed the trouble shooting guide to get it started to no avail

Craftsman Model # 247.889702 26" Deck Snow blower

I do own a service plan, but I would rather solve on my own. In the past when I've called Sears about an issue with this snow blower, they have said it could be several weeks before they could look at it. It is winter and I don't have that luxury.

I purchased this 1 year ago.

I have purchased some carburetor cleaner, but have not used it due to inexperience with small engines.

I'm somewhat frustrated to be having these problems with such a new machine.

I've tried starting several times and it did fire briefly a few times but wouldn't stay running.

There is fresh fuel in the tank.

Craftsman , Electric Snowblowers , Snow Removal Equipment
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A snow blower is definitely something we depend on and when it begins to malfunction it can be a huge inconvenience. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question.
by Manage My Life
December 12th, 2011
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I would say you should remove the carburater and clean using brake cleaner. Make sure all of the jets are clean, remove the float needle and make sure it is clean and not sticking. Even though you ran it out of fuel, there is still fuel in the bottom of the bowl that can vanish. Next year add Stabil to the fuel and no more worries.
by Manage My Life
December 12th, 2011
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You will need to access the carburetor so you can spray the carb cleaner down the throat of the carburetor. Spray a 3-4 second burst of the cleaner down the throat and then immediately try to start (no priming or choke). The engine will likely start and run for a few seconds and then die. Try this up to 5-6 times to see if it will get to a point where it will remain running on its own.

If after 5-6 times of trying to get it to stay running with the carb cleaner it still won't run on its own you will need to take the carb down some to clean it.

I do not have a video or anything describing this process for your exact machine. I do have a video demonstrating it on a lawn mower carburetor that's kind of similar. You can watch that video by


. Early in the video he describes taking just the bowl off of the carburetor and cleaning it out. I want you to try that first and see if the problem is corrected.

If you have any further questions please let me know.

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by Manage My Life
December 13th, 2011
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Just went through this exercise my self last month.
1- drain the fuel tank of gas then tip the snow blower on it's side, exhaust up, fuel tank down.
2- remove the carb float bowl by unscrewing a 10mm bolt. The carb float bowl is on the left side of the handle under and behind the exhaust.
(It's the shining steel bow with two bolts, one at an angle. Unscrew the vertical one.)
Any left over gas will now come out so get a towel handy and make sure your are in a
well ventlated area.

3- You can now spray carb cleaner or other stuff up the bolt hole. Give it some time to work.

4- Be carefull if you remove the float by removing the hinge pin. These are small parts.

5- Next, I tilted the machine upright and fill the carb bowl with Sea-form while holding
the bolt under to reduce leakage.

6- Just screw the bolt in to reattach the carb. Make sure the rubber gasket is seated

7- Follow the starting instructions and it should start.
by PETER TING Earned 7 community points in Craftsman
January 23rd, 2013
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