Preparing for hurricane season
Step 1: Trying to Start My Generator
With hurricane season approaching down here in southern U.S. (Louisiana), I wanted to make sure my generator was in working order. After attempting to start but failing, I realized l had old gas in the tank.
Step 2: Finding the Cause
Making sure bad gas was the issue I remove the air breather to access the carburetor. I then sprayed starting fluid into the carb. the generator would run until the starter fluid burned out. So I unscrewed the drain screw on the carb and drained the tank.
Step 3: Cleaning the Carburetor
After adding fresh gas I notice gas drains from carb. overflow. This told me I had a problem with the carburetor float. I closed off the gas tank on/off lever and sprayed carburetor cleaner into the bowl, let it sit awhile then drain. After repeating a couple time I had the float working and stoping the overflow.
Step 4: Finishing the Job
Before replacing the air breather and cover clean the filter according to your owners mnual.
Step 5: The Carburetor Drain Plug
tithe drain plug on the carburetor is located to the side or bottom of the carburetor, from the smell (lack of gas smell ) and color of gas I could tell the fuel was bad.