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Hangit
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Member since Aug 2014
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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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.


All true. While the bolt is out he also needs to spray carb cleaner up in there. The add gas with seafoam. It will crank, and run.


kemowasabi
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Member since Jun 2018
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
This..exactly what Tigerpaw says..what I was going to say..Good job Tigerpaw.


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cubsfinger
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Member since Mar 2017
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
I'll give you 25 bucks for it


Sev09
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Member since Feb 2011
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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I'll give you 25 bucks for it


It's a 5,500 watt generator. I may have overreacted in my OP, haha, but I'm feeling confident I can get this bad boy running now. Thank y'all for all the tips!

About to head to home depot to take care of this, and my Dad owes me AND y'all.


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Buckeye Jeaux
Member since May 2018
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Take it to an outboard motor or lawn mower shop.

Have them put in new points, etc. Will probably be good for twenty years if you empty the gas every year.
This post was edited on 7/12 at 12:48 pm


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bhtigerfan
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Member since Sep 2008
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
I’m in Dallas for training and can’t go home. The carburetor on my generator is off of it because the needle valve was stuck and I broke it trying to get it unstuck. Luckily I had ordered another one and my nephew went over and replaced it and is putting it back together.

Fingers crossed that he does it correctly and it works.


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soccerfüt
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
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Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Arkansas code words for some VERY nasty badness.


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JCinBAMA
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re: Trying to start my parents' generator yesterday...
Tell your parents to run only non ethanol gas, and to
cut gas off and to run it till it stops next time.
Sounds like you have gummed up carb.


How to Clean a Carburetor on a Small Engine (youtube link)


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