Billy Goat Starting Issues

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by RBall151, Jul 5, 2007.

  1. RBall151

    RBall151 LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 40

    Hello,

    I recently purchased a Billy Goat FM3000 that was slightly used. I have loved how it has performed, but I am having starting issues. I thought the spark plug was the problem, so I replaced it and that did not help. It has a the proper amount of oil and the air filter is clean. When I pull the recoil start, it does not turn over.

    Where is the next place I can look?

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Dump the fuel and put in fresh fuel.If you have old or water/fuel,it will cause problems like this.
     
  3. RBall151

    RBall151 LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 40

    The fuel is new. I just filled it up before I was about to use it. Do you know of any other issues?
     
  4. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 910

    "When I pull the recoil start, it does not turn over. "
    Do you mean the engine is "locked up"?
    IF so, I would guess that the needle/seat in the carb is leaking and filling the cylinder with gas.
    Check the oil level to see if it has increased and smell it for the presence of gasoline.
    IF you have any evidence this is the problem then-
    Remove spark plug and GROUND the WIRE. (we don't want ANY sparks) Slowly pull the recoil to push any excess gas out of the cylinder.
    Fix the carb.
    Change the oil & filter (if equipped)
     
  5. RBall151

    RBall151 LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 40

    Hey, Thanks for the help. When I said the engine doesn't turn over, I ment it pulls like normal, but it just won't start. It's not locked up, I wish that was the problem after I read your how-to fix it! I was concerned that there was a little bit of oil in the spark plug area. But oil is like blood, one drop looks like a gallon, lol.

    What else could it be?
     
  6. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 910

    What engine is it?

    Does it have spark?
     
  7. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    Did you replace it with gas out of a can,or out of a pump?
    The gas in your can may have water in it,especially if you leave it on the trailer with the vent open.
    I've had to dump everything before,just from bad gas in a can.
     
  8. RBall151

    RBall151 LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 40

    I just replaced the gas just to make sure that wasn't the problem and with fresh fuel from the pump it still isn't the problem.

    The Engine is a 13hp Briggs and Stratton. The Model is 21A9070.

    I unplugged the fuel line running from the fuel pump to the carb, and gas spat out so it isn't the fuel pump.

    I'm really stumped.
     
  9. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 910

    As I asked in my previous post-
    "Does it have spark?"
     
  10. RBall151

    RBall151 LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 40

    Hey. The engine does have spark, I just had to wait until I could get it tested. Does anyone know where to buy a good spark plug tester? The shop I took it to had a small one that I would like to buy.

    It turns out the engine just have excess gas in the camber. So it basically was flooded like none other.
    This was the fix that worked:
    "Remove spark plug and GROUND the WIRE. (we don't want ANY sparks) Slowly pull the recoil to push any excess gas out of the cylinder."

    Thanks for all the help! I really appreciate it.
     

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