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Old 07-13-2009, 11:26 AM
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2004 FasTrak Starting/Flooding Problem

Hi All -

I have a 2004 Fastrak with the 20 HP engine with about 152 hours on it. Have done all the required services and engine runs really well when it starts.

The problem I have been having is immediate flooding of the engine when I go to start it after it sits for about a week. I tried turning off the fuel valve but it doesnt seem to matter. I start using full choke and 1/2 throttle. I have played around with all different ways but I think its actually flooded already when I go to start it.

It actually drips fuel out of the bottom of the exaust. I had it to the dealer and they said they can't find anything wrong with it.

I am getting really frustrated and could use some advise. My thought is maybe the float valve is stuck open and there is enough fuel in the line to flood it.

I usually have to crank it and eventually I get it to start after a few days. But I am near the end of my rope with this problem.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you,
Matt
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Old 07-13-2009, 04:34 PM
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This could be debris in the carburetor.
It also could be the vent line from the carburetor is plugged.
There is a vent line that comes off the carburetor, remove the air cleaner and look behind the mounting plate for the air cleaner, you will see a small line, this is the vent.
Make sure it is not plugged with mud.
Bugs like to plug that line up, its called a mud dobber.
This will cause the engine to run like your saying.

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Old 07-13-2009, 04:59 PM
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Thanks PJ.

I will check to see if the vent is clogged.

If it turns out to be debris, is that something I could clean myself? Not sure how hard to is to get to right spot to check, but hoping not to lose my mower for a few weeks like last time i had it in.

Matt
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Old 07-13-2009, 06:24 PM
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Cleaning out the carburetor should be done by someone that has some knowledge of carburetors, or some good mechanical ability.

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