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Echo SRM-231 trimmer hard start and will only idle

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by ted4420, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. ted4420

    ted4420 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    I have an Echo SRM-231 trimmer that is hard to start and when it starts it will only idle. I found a plugged filter screen and removed it and it was still the same. Please help! Ted
  2. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Posts: 2,231

    When you indicate "filter screen" are you referring to the air filter or the anti spark screen in the muffler? If it is the anti spark screen in the muffler, what was it's condition upon removal? If if was carbon plugged then you may want to remove the muffler and clean the exhaust port. To do this, crank the engine so that the exhaust port is closed then remove the carbon taking care not to damage the piston.
  3. ted4420

    ted4420 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Sorry I wasn't clear. It was the fuel screen in the fuel tank.Thanks, Ted
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    When's the last time the air filter and spark plug were replaced?
  5. ted4420

    ted4420 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Just replaced the spark plug and cleaned the air filter. It is hard to start and will only idle. I have removed the carb. and cleaned with low pressure air. I have not taken the carb. apart. It seems to be a fuel delivery problem. Any suggestions, Thanks, Ted

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