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Hammertime
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Drain the gas out. Pull the carb off. Pull the bowl off. If it looks like this, they're SOL. Fuel shut-off and hoses are probably fricked too




That's was my mom's. Carb got tossed, and a new one was ordered. It was only like $20 for a new carb, spark plug, and air filter
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Sev09
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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I agree but if you waited this long and are on a message board asking for help less than 24 hours before a tropical storm, then maybe this doesn't apply.

I meant to throw no shade at the OP but it is what it is


I definitely don't know what I'm doing But to be fair, this is a generator at my parents' house, not my own. So, I was limited on when I could get there to try it out.


Geauxtiga
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to be fair, this is a generator at my parents' house, not my own. So, I was limited on when I could get there to try it out.

Uh, IN TEN YEARS? Git outta here with that.
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Hammertime
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Tbh, it's not too hard. All you need is some sockets, a flathead, probably a hammer, and some speaker wire


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Sev09
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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Uh, IN TEN YEARS? Git outta here with that.


Lol, I meant for this storm. I guess hurricane seasons have been good to Louisiana the past 10 years.


Homesick Tiger
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
I'd just tell ole dad just to go spend some of your inheritance money with your blessing and go buy a new one.


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Steadyhands
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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It’s not “done for”.
Need to clean the carburetor and check the fuel line and filter if it has one. Buy 100% gasoline. No ethanol. Add stabilizer. Never any trouble.
Newer models of carbs are not as good as the old.


This. I bought a new generator yesterday. I also bought ethanol free gas to put in it. Here's a good link for that....
Ethanol Free Gas

Just click maps and select whatever state you want from the drop down menu.


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Sev09
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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After reading this I feel I also need to tell you another tip... dont place the generator indoors while running.


Thanks


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keakar
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
the carb will be trashed

best thing to do is buy new carb for it on ebay

they are only like $10

as for now, you are screwed, that thing is going to be plugged solid and full of scale and varnish so it needs 24-48 hours soaking in berrymans chem dip just to have a chance to clean it and hope it works again and even that is only a 60% chance of success

as mentioned by others, its too late now so consider it unfixable for use during this storm



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SlickRickerz
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Empty out all of the old gas. On the bottom of the carburetor you will see a bottom bowl, unbolt it and pour out the old gas in it. Bolt everything back and spray some staring fluid in the throttle body. It’ll will start right up. When it does stop running from being out of starting fluid, fill the tank with gas and you’ll be good.


Geauxtiga
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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I meant for this storm. I guess hurricane seasons have been good to Louisiana the past 10 years
Dad always said that the best way to make sure you don’t have a crisis is to prepare for it.


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Bedhog
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Carb is no good. Float bowl more than likely rusted thru. Just trash it. Fuel tank is also probably full of varnish and can be cleaned out. If you cant wait for a mail order carb they are sold at many places like Grainger but you will pay 3x as much for one.


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Bedhog
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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Empty out all of the old gas. On the bottom of the carburetor you will see a bottom bowl, unbolt it and pour out the old gas in it. Bolt everything back and spray some staring fluid in the throttle body. It’ll will start right up. When it does stop running from being out of starting fluid, fill the tank with gas and you’ll be good.
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It's not this easy. If the lower half of the carb can be salvaged the one bolt that holds the carb bowl on has the main jet incorporated in it. Will need a can of carb cleaner and a strand of wire from an electric wire to clean the horizontal and vertical jet holes out.



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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
take the carb off disassemble it and clean it you tube


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bhtigerfan
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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Drain the gas tank, put fresh gas, clean the carborator, get some starter spray
Pretty much your only option.

The carb will have to be cleaned. No doubt about it.


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weadjust
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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the carb will be trashed


I could throw that carb in my ultrasonic cleaner and have it back together and running in an hour


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skidry
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
This

Find a YouTube for your carburetor and do it right.


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Putty
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Drain the fuel, clean the carb, and maybe a little starter fluid, fresh fuel and you should be ready to rock and roll.


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Iron Lion
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Old gas will turn into varnish over time and like a previous poster said it will gum up the carb and ruin lines and gaskets. If you know gas will sit a long time use Stabil or just drain it.


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