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Tips for Cleaning Your Weed Eater Carburetor

After some time of using your weed eater, the carburetor will eventually become dirty. When this happens, you'll start to notice the functionality of your tool declining and the motor slowing down. If such a thing happens, don't worry: you don't require the services of a professional technician to fix this problem. You can actually repair it by yourself as long as you know the right things to do!

The tips given below will be of help to you when the carburetor of your weed eater is not functioning well: 

  • Getting the required tools

You will need some tools or instruments to do this type of work. So, the first thing that you should do is to get the required tool for the work. It is not wise to start the work when you don't have the tool with you. A flathead screwdriver is the only tool that you will need to do this work.

  • Learn the Knowledge and Skills

It is not enough to be a do-it-yourself guy in order to repair your weed eater's carburetor. You need to have the right knowledge and skills to do it. It is not quite the same as every other engine repair and you'll need some basic understanding of how these machines work. Having a basic knowledge of carburetors does not mean being a professional technician, so reading up a bit on your own might be enough to get you prepared!

  • Getting to the Carburetor

To start work on the carburetor, you'll have to expose it within the engine. You need a wrench to remove the bolts holding it together to work on the carburetor. Do this by removing the air filter cover and bringing out the air filter.

  • Opening the Carburetor

The primer bubble of the weed eater is kept in place with two screws. To split the carburetor into two equal parts, you have to remove the two screws using the appropriate tool.

  • Clean the filter and rid it of debris
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This is the most important step of the process. Carefully clean out the carburetor, paying special attention to the filter area. Make sure you remove all the debris that might be in it. It's possible that this dirt is what's causing the motor to work poorly, meaning that this step is what will solve the problem. 

Use a bristled brush, pipe cleaner, or a Scotch brite pad to clean it where possible. Don't use sharp or hard instruments for cleaning. Avoid using water to clean the carburetor. 

  • Re-assembling the carburetor

This last step is very easy as it does not involve anything new; It is only the reversal of what you have done above. If you don't remember what you did before you may have to consider taking your weed eater to a professional technician to help you assemble it back. But, this means that you need to part with some money. Otherwise, simply put the pieces back together in the same place you took them from and in the same order you removed them. 

​If it helps, catalog your progress as you are removing parts from the engine. You can take photos as you go or write down what you've done to help you reverse it at the end. 

If you are able to reassemble your weed eater, the machine should now be working well. If you are not able to start your weed eater, it might be another issue entirely such as the spark plugs, gasoline mixture, or something more serious. 

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