Gas Leaf Blower: Smokes
Mixing too much 2-cycle oil with the gas can cause excessive smoke from the leaf blower's engine; follow the guidelines in your owner's manual for mixing the fuel and 2-cycle oil. Most leaf blower engines use a 40:1 ratio of gas to 2-cycle oil. To achieve that mix, add a 3.2-oz bottle of 2-cycle engine oil to 1 gallon of gas.
A dirty air filter also can lead to engine smoke. If the filter prevents the carburetor from getting enough air to create the right fuel/air mixture. A fuel-rich mixture can cause the engine to smoke. Clean the air filter and perform preventive maintenance on the leaf blower to help prevent engine smoking.
Clogged jets inside the carburetor also cause excessive smoking because the carburetor can't mix the right amount of air with fuel. If the engine still smokes after completing preventive maintenance (which includes cleaning the air filter), you may need to rebuild or replace the leaf blower's carburetor.
Replace the leaf blower carburetor
The leaf blower's carburetor mixes air and gasoline in the proper proportions to create a combustible gas. If the engine starts and then sputters, or doesn't start at all due to lack of fuel, you might need to replace carburetor. It's often more cost effective and practical to replace the carburetor rather than rebuild it.
Rebuild the leaf blower carburetor
The leaf blower carburetor mixes air and gasoline in the proper proportions to create a combustible gas. If the engine starts and then sputters, or doesn't start at all due to lack of fuel, you can rebuild the carburetor. Rebuild kits are available for most carburetors and contain essential components for rebuilding a leaf blower carburetor, such as diaphragms, seals and gaskets. You can sometimes fix a fuel supply problem by dismantling and cleaning a carburetor. Use the kit to rebuild the carburetor after cleaning it.
Do leaf blower preventive maintenance
Proper maintenance ensures that your leaf blower runs smoothly and works properly. Refer to your owner's manual for guidance in maintaining the leaf blower. Replace parts such as the air filter, fuel filter and spark plug.
If the leaf blower engine won't start even though there's fuel in the tank, the carburetor could be the problem. Follow these instructions to rebuild it in less than 30 minutes.
The fuel lines on a leaf blower deteriorate with time and eventually can split or crack. You can remove and replace them yourself, following these instructions.
Follow these easy steps to prepare you leaf blower for long-term storage.
Follow this advice for caring for your leaf blower.