How to Replace a Leaf Blower Carburetor



This DIY repair guide shows how to replace a carburetor in a leaf blower. 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. You could rebuild the carburetor, but many people find it easier to replace it, using a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use this process to replace the carburetor on common Craftsman, Husqvarna, MTD, Weed Eater, Troybilt and Poulan leaf blowers.

If you prefer to rebuild the carburetor, follow the step-by-step instructions in How to Rebuild a Leaf Blower Carburetor.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Carburetor

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Tools Required

  • Torx screwdriver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Drain the fuel tank

In a well-ventilated area, remove the fuel cap and empty the fuel from the fuel tank into an approved storage container.  

Step 2: Disconnect the spark plug wire

To ensure that the leaf blower can’t start, disconnect the wire from the spark plug.  

Step 3: Remove the air filter cover

Remove the screws from the air filter cover and then remove the air filter cover.  

Step 4: Remove the carburetor

Remove the carburetor mounting screws.

Pull out the air box and release it from the carburetor throttle and choke levers.

Note the configuration of the small and large fuel lines on the carburetor so you can reconnect them correctly later and then remove the fuel lines from the carburetor.

Discard the carburetor.


Step 5: Install the new 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.


Step 6: Reinstall the air filter cover

Position the air filter cover over the carburetor and secure it with the mounting screws.

Step 7: Connect the spark plug

Reattach the spark plug wire.