How to rebuild a leaf blower carburetor
This DIY repair guide shows how to rebuild a leaf blower carburetor. The carburetor mixes fuel and air in the right proportions so that the spark plug can ignite the mixture inside the cylinder, powering the engine. If the leaf blower engine won't start even though there's fuel in the tank, the carburetor could be the problem. Clogged fuel and air passages in the leaf blower carburetor need cleaning when they get clogged. Follow these instructions to clean and rebuild a carburetor using a manufacturer-approved gas leaf blower part.
This guide shows how to clean and rebuild the carburetor on Craftsman, Poulan, MTD, Husqvarna, Weed Eater and Troybilt leaf blowers.
Another option is to replace the carburetor, following the steps in How to Replace a Leaf Blower Carburetor.
Drain the fuel tank
In a well-ventilated area, remove the fuel cap and empty the fuel tank into an approved storage container.
PHOTO: Drain the fuel tank.
Disconnect the spark plug wire
Disconnect the spark plug wire.
PHOTO: Disconnect the wire from the spark plug.
Remove the air filter cover
Remove the screws from the air filter cover.
Remove the air filter cover.
PHOTO: Remove the air filter cover screws.
PHOTO: Remove the air filter cover.
Remove the carburetor
Remove the carburetor mounting screws.
Pull the air box out and release it from the carburetor throttle and choke levers.
Note the configuration of the small and large fuel lines on the carburetor. Remove the fuel lines from the carburetor.
Discard the carburetor.
PHOTO: Remove the carburetor mounting screws.
PHOTO: Pull off the air box.
PHOTO: Remove the fuel lines from the carburetor.
PHOTO: Remove the carburetor.
Remove the top cover and primer bulb
Remove the top cover with the primer bulb from the carburetor.
Remove the primer bulb from the top cover.
Remove the gasket and diaphragm from the top cover.
Replace the primer bulb if it’s stiff or damaged.Tip: Line up the components on your work surface so that you can replace the parts in order.
PHOTO: Remove the carburetor top cover screws.
PHOTO: Remove the carburetor top cover.
PHOTO: Remove the primer bulb.
PHOTO: Remove the gasket and diaghragm.
Remove the bottom cover and diaphragm
Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws from the bottom cover of the carburetor.
Remove the bottom cover and diaphragm.
Separate the bottom cover and the diaphragm.
PHOTO: Remove the screws from the bottom cover.
PHOTO: Pull off the bottom cover and diaphragm.
PHOTO: Separate the bottom cover and diaphragm.
Remove the screw securing the needle and fuel lever
On the bottom of the carburetor, note how the lever, spring and hinge pin fit together. Remove the screw and pull those components out of the carburetor.
PHOTO: Remove the screw.
PHOTO: Remove the components.
Clean the carburetor and let dry
Clean all ports and jets in the body of the carburetor with aerosol carburetor cleaner and compressed air. Allow the carburetor dry for at least 10 minutes—some carburetor cleaners can damage the diaphragms if the carburetor is reassembled when still wet.
Reassemble the carburetor
Install the needle and lever on the bottom of the carburetor and screw them into place. Then install the gasket, diaphragm and cover, in that order.
Install the top cover and primer bulb.Warning: Install the components in the same order and manner in which they were removed.
PHOTO: Install the needle and lever.
Reinstall the carburetor
Push the fuel lines onto the proper connections on the carburetor.
Insert the carburetor into the air box with the throttle and choke levers positioned properly.
Position the carburetor on the side of the engine and reinstall the mounting screws.
PHOTO: Reconnect the fuel lines.
PHOTO: Reinstall the carburetor mounting screws.
Reinstall the air filter cover
Position the air filter cover over the carburetor and secure it with the mounting screws.
PHOTO: Reinstall the air filter cover.
Connect the spark plug
Reattach the spark plug wire.
PHOTO: Reattach the spark plug wire.
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