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SMALL ENGINE CARBURETOR REPAIR TRICK
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Posted by ZANE on January 09, 2003 at 06:12:12 from (188.8.131.52):
I have a friend who tinkers and fixes about anything that has nuts and bolts holding it together. (Somewhat like myself)
I was telling another friend at the local machine shop about having a hard time finding a carburetor repair kit for one of those little bitty Chinese built carburetors and he over heard the conversation and told me that he could fix any of them and never had to buy a kit. Of course I thought to myself-(You dummy!) but I asked him OK how do you fix a small engine carburetor without a repair kit when the materials all get hard and won't move enough to operate?????
He told me to simply loosen the top and bottom of the carburetor and then drop the whole thing into a container of brake fluid and let it sit for 24 hours. "It never fails" he said.
I took that little Chinese home and did just as he said and the next day went out and retrieved the thing from the brake fluid container and blew it out with compressed air and put it back on the hand held blower. Shot some either in the intake and pulled the rip cord and she started right up. I re-adjusted the carburetor and that thing ran as good as new.
Live and learn!
No telling how many of these I have fixed with a kit or just thrown away when this trick might have worked.
Apparently the brake fluid rejuvinates the material in the carburetor that is made of rubberizd materials and gets it plyable again.
How long will it last???? I'll let you know later. For now it has been going for a few weeks and doing good.
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