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Old 08-24-2011, 09:55 PM
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Echo SRM-225 having trouble starting

I have an srm-225 that is about 1.5-2 years old which gets about 10 hours a week or so i'd say. In the last few months it is very hard to cold start. It takes about 20-30 pulls. It always starts. Eventually. Any idea what is causing this. I believe it needs the carb to be cleaned but I know nothing about repairs or that kinda stuff. Any ideas?

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Old 08-24-2011, 10:19 PM
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I know its obvious but replace the plug? I have to change mine about once a month
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:22 PM
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I know its obvious but replace the plug? I have to change mine about once a month
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I haven't replaced it since I bought it. Do you think an old spark plug would cause it to have trouble starting? I would think a bad spark plug would just prevent it from starting at all.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:25 PM
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change the spark plug. also might want to change the air filter while you're at it. should start after that. mine won't start right now either but thats because it got rained on really hard today so it just needs to dry out and hopefully it will be running in the morning
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:50 PM
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I haven't replaced it since I bought it. Do you think an old spark plug would cause it to have trouble starting? I would think a bad spark plug would just prevent it from starting at all.
Definitely. When its starting to go it takes quite a few pulls. Once its replaced it should start in only a few. Could be a cheap$ 4.50 fix!
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:53 PM
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Definitely. When its starting to go it takes quite a few pulls. Once its replaced it should start in only a few. Could be a cheap$ 4.50 fix!
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Great! That's what i'll do!

Thanks a lot!
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Np let us know how it goes!
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:32 PM
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Replace spark plug, if that doesn`t work, try fuel filter. Always check the cheapest stuff first.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:18 AM
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I've never in the time I've used small engine handhelds have had to replace a sparkplug. I don't understand how you'd have to replace it once a month, and I'm a auto tech with 30 years experience! Either you're fuel/oil mix is too rich or you just like to spend money.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:25 AM
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Plug, air filter, fuel filter, dirty carb? Maybe one or maybe a mix.

I have an old Echo trimmer and couln't get it started without starter fluid. Changed the plug and worked ok for about a week. After that the same thing started.

Ended up being that the exaust (muffler) was filled up with a greasy sludge. How? Not sure, but after taking it off and cleaning it out it starts fine now.
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