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comment Why won't my portable generator start?
Good point about the oil -- I'll keep an eye on that in the future.
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comment Why won't my portable generator start?
+1 Great list -- thanks for taking he time! Turns out I apparently did #6 last time, was happy to see no gunk at all in the carb bowl.
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comment Why won't my portable generator start?
Turns out that the problem was indeed some sort of pinch or blockage in the fuel line. I removed the float bowl and it was as clean as a whistle. There were only a few drops of gas in the gas filter, though, and playing a bit with the fuel line got the gas flowing much better. After that, the generator started on the first pull. Thanks.
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comment Why won't my portable generator start?
@HerrBag Thanks, good advice. Found the socket, pulled the plug, and it was indeed a little black looking. No loose soot or anything, but the center electrode was somewhere between brown and black. Cleaned with some mineral spirits, blew it dry with compressed air, reinstalled, still no luck. I'll get some carb cleaner in the morning and try that next. The generator has a switch, but it's a normally-on/momentary-off switch that you use just to kill the engine.
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