Snowblower engine "misses" and fires not consistently

Dragged out my snowblower and I noticed that it skips ignitions and
does not "fire" every time. What could possibly account for this?
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Ignoramus16789
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Living in a snow zone, Ig. Move WAY south.
Low tonight 35, high tomorrow mid 60's. Then it goes up again!
LLoyd
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Lloyd E. Sponenburgh
Wow, you name it! Unstable mixture, water in the gas, dirty spark plug, degraded magneto coil, bad points (if it has them), wrong ignition timing (can be the shearable key in the flywheel), loose head bolts, bad valves. Hmm, can't think of too many more.
Jon
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Jon Elson
Low tonight 29F here in hot sunny Texas...
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Pete C.
46 tonight and 76 tomorrow LA/CA
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455595jkkawe
46 is still below my bitch threshold, and there isn't enough money in the world to get me to live in CA, much less LA. Been there, did dinner in Beverly Hills too, ok to visit but that's all.
Reply to
Pete C.
How old is the gas? Has it been stored under cover, in the dry, or in damp where water could get into gas. First step is drain any old gas and put in fresh gas of lowest ethanol content you can find. Good idea to drain the carb float bowl too and make sure it is clean. If the carb is gummed up it will usually run lean - and a lean blower engine will "hunt". Turn the mixture screw out until it settles down (usually 1/4 turn or so) and put a cleaner in the gas. I'm partial to SeaFoam, but MMO has been reported to give good results too - likely take a bit longer from my experience, and a can of SeaFoam and a bottle of MMO are about the same price, Once the cleaner has done it's thing you can turn the screw back in to the proper mix.
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clare
Maybe it's an older one, with that type of engine.
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Larry Jaques
35 now in Grass Pants, OR. It has been 23F this week, some days warming up to a balmy 40, others to a roasting 50. We're due for a cold snap next week. Time to stock up my pantry, just in case. That white stuff makes going up the steep hill to town quite a chore in a 2x2 truck.
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Larry Jaques
The gas is a year old, or more. (I used it last year, but the gas in the can may have been old even then).
I ran it out of gas yesterday, dumped old gas from the can, and bought new gas. I will try it on new gas and will report.
Reply to
Ignoramus16789
My snow blower ran like shit till I replaced the muffler - square inch hole was feeding exhaust gas to the carb intake. Runs much better now.
Reply to
grmiller
How are you storing the blower during the off season? In our clime (I'm west of you one state), and you can store your lawnmowers over the winter as the gasoline generally does not evaporate the light hydro-carbons. BUT never store chainsaws, snow blowers or any other tool with gasoline over the summer (unless your using them often), as you end up with tar (the heavy HCs) in the carburetor. Even if you have a gas shutoff, unless you run the fuel bowl dry, you end up with the fuel jet ports plugged/fowled. You may end up having to remove the carburetor and soak in cleaner. Depends on if you don't have a shutoff, and it sat in a storage shed all summer.
Darn, this was a nice winter until Thursday. At least it's 6 weeks later then normal.
ignator
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ignator
I was gonna suggest something like your example when EA was askin' about a emergency generator.
When I looked them up, there were lots of examples online, of yard machines and utility equipment run with H&M many years ago.
The larger oil well pumps I've seen around western PA (made in local foundries), have had spoked cast iron flywheels up to 5 feet in diameter.. many of 'em sitting idle, going to waste. There are numerous pumps still in use, as close as about 10 miles from the city, then scattered randomly all over the place.
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Wild_Bill
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Doug White
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Doug White
It runs much better with new gas, I dumped all my old gas.
thanks to all.
i
Reply to
Ignoramus9095
Unless you have some sort of Limited Slip or Locker in that truck, it's only 1X1. Hit a patch of ice, and you aren't going anywhere.
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Bruce L. Bergman (munged human
It would seem a 2x2 would be either
a) a very short or,
b) a very narrow wheelbase.
Either way, it would seem quite an unstable vehicle, snow or no... :)
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dpb
Actially, a 2X2 would be an all wheel drive bicycle - and a 1X1 a Unicycle. Definitely no good in snow.
Proper terminology is a 4X2 - with 4X1 being what you guys are trying to call the truck with an open diff.
It really DOES have 2 wheel drive. If you want to see what 1 wheel drive handles like, you want to try an early King Midget. When the drive wheel is in the inside of a turn it shoots you like a slingshot, and on the outside of a turn it handles quite docile.
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clare
The nut's an auto-LSD (limited slip), but the stocker Michelins won't take it up a wet 15 degree farm field slope without a running start. I'm hoping the Bridgestones I put on late next year (when I get another spare $800) fare better.
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Larry Jaques
Put a 300 lb plate of steel under the back of the box and the little blighter will get around a lot better. That's 3' X4' X 5/8"
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clare

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