Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/snowblower won't start

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Hello, I have a Huskee 179cc, 24" wide, snowblower. I bought it new and this is the 2nd Winter for it. It was running fine when I put it away after Winter. I'm trying to get it started but it won't. I'm using fresh gas, oil is clean and full, checked the spark plug, tried pulling and also the electric start, but nothing. I've primed it plenty of times but still nothing. It cranks but shows no signs of starting. I added Sta-Bil to the gas last season but didn't drain the tank.

Any suggestions on how to get this thing started?

Thanks, John

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The first thing we always do is verify spark. Have you verified you have spark?

The second thing we do is put a little fuel into the spark plug hole, re-install spark  plug and see if the engine tries to start or at least pop.

If it tries to start then you know the ignition, compression and timing is fine so it must be a fuel problem...usually old, stale fuel which causing a dirty carb situation.

A cheap turkey baster or an old diner style ketchup bottle with a long pointy tip work well for squirting a little fuel into the spark plug hole.

Eric

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Eric A. Jones

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Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.

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Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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MAS Aerospace Operations BA Mathematics AAS Electronic Communications AAS Electronic Technology

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