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How To Fix A Leaf Blower That Won’t Start

By : Your One & Only Leaf Blower Expert, Mr. Efrain E. Silva!

How To Fix A Leaf Blower That Won't Start

Uh – oh… do you find yourself this time NOT being able to get that leaf blower started this time of the year, just as dozens and dozens of leaves flood your porch and patio? Well, not to worry, my good pal ( or gal, he he heh ) , because I have got some solutions for you. Try and see if any of these can work…..

First of all, you might want to have a good, hard look at your spark plug, which just so happens to be the culprit in most cases…. it is, as a matter of fact, one of the common solutions to your problem, 7 times out of 10. Look at it from all over, all sides and everything…. is it worn or beaten up? Does it look sort of corroded, chewed up, tangled, bent, etc? You get the idea…. it may be time to go back to the hard – ware store for another…..

Also, is the porcelain insulator on it doing okay ( and you can Google or Bing an image search to see photos of what this looks like ) ? Is it cracked at all? Bad sign already. Also, is your electrode damaged anywhere on it… or does it look burned at all? Does it show quite a bit of carbon build – up right on it?

Also, if you want to be extra – sure that the spark plug is all you really need to fix or replace, then a spark plug tester ought to do the trick! Buy one online or at any hard – ware store that sells it. A tester can work for multiple testings and is always good to have in store….

In addition, a clog ( or many ) in the carburetor might be your issue. This happens when you leave fuel in the blower for too long, and it just sits there, and you don’t use the blower. Did you know this can result? It can! But not to worry….

If that is the problem, then what I suggest may be this —- get a carburetor cleaner. It’ll do the trick as it’s meant to. But if THAT does not work, then you more than likely have to go to get a new carburetor ( or have a seasoned pro put it in ) .

Your issue might also be that of a bad recoil starter assembly. Pull it out. Inspect it to make sure that the pulley’s cam and tabs grab the engine’s hub properly right when you pull the starter cord ( this all helps the engine turn, of course ) . And at the same time, what ought also to happen is that the tabs retract and the rope rolls back the very moment that you then release that cord. If this is all not happening, as mentioned, then the recoil starter assembly is definitely bad.