Model #358794342 CRAFTSMAN Blower, Gas

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Q:

Why won't my Craftsman leaf blower start?

A:

From your description, the most likely causes would be a bad carburetor or fuel delivery issue. You could also have a compression problem. If there is no fuel entering the combustion cylinder, it will not develop as much compression as it would if it was wet with fuel.

I suggest that you unscrew the spark plug and pour a sewing thimble sized mount of gas/oil mixture into the spark hole. Then replace the spark plug, pull on the starter rope. If it attempts to start or acts like it wants to start, that would indicate a carburetor or fuel delivery issue. Also if the fuel line has a crack or is dry rotted, it will suck air instead of fuel into the carburetor and will not start.

You may have to replace the fuel lines or clean/replace the carburetor. I have included a link that you may use for parts purchases; please click the following Sears Parts Direct

If you require further assistance please resubmit question with details of the checks you have made. I will be looking forward to helping you again in the near future.

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Landell -
Sears Technician
February 16, 2010
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I am having a similar problem right now. I own a craftsman leafblower, model number 358.794740. It wont start. I replaced the spark plug - nothing. I gapped it properly too. I just poured a small bit of 2 cycle engine oil into the plug and pulled the rope. Nothing. Not even an attempt to act like it wants to start. What do you think? Sincerey, NJguy

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NJguy -
November 13, 2010
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my blower/vac model is 358.794342

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elac -
September 30, 2011
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Landell, I have done what you have said about the sewing thimble. After i put the plug back in it started!! So now we know its not the compression and its the fuel delivery; whats next? Do i replace the filter and the fuel lines? I'm hesitant because the blower is not that old. Did i mention that the primer DOESNT get fuel in it unless i unscrew the srew to allow the fuel to fill up at the primer. I'm open to any suggestions or ideas Thanks! 358.794740 \

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Scott -
October 02, 2011
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Q:

starter rope for gas powered blower is stuck and can't be pulled to start engine

A:

It sounds like your piston could be locked up in the engine cylinder. It may need a piston kit installed (part 530071833). I recommend that you have a service technician repair this type of failure. Here is a link for the Sears Service website that has information on drop-off locations: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
June 11, 2010
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I had this same thing happen to me. I took apart the entire blower. I had to lube the coil spring which retracts the pull rope. Of course it boinged out on me and took a good 10 min to put it back in. Once the spring was greased up and put back together the pull string would retract like new.

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amreason -
July 26, 2011
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In reading you post again I believe i misunderstood. In my circumstance i pulled the rope and it would not retract causing me not to be able to pull it again. My apologies.

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amreason -
July 26, 2011
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