Echo WeedEater Problem

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Nelson, Jul 25, 2002.

  1. Nelson

    Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 278

    My Echo cranks & runs...but when I hold the throttle down
    It does not spin the head.....What should I do?

    I know to Ck air filter, Ck filter in gas chamber, Ck plug...

    But I did all this ...but it still runs sluggish....Any Advice....

    Or do I need 2 take it 2 the shop? I am trying 2 save a little money...... Any help.............???????????

    Thanks gals & guys.....................:confused:
     
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    Ever clean muffler?
    Is spark arrestor screen still in there?
    What 2 stroke oil and what mixture?

    $10 says its a plugged up muffler or screen!
     
  3. Nelson

    Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 278

    TLS,

    I use Echo Brand oil........1 bottle 2 1 gal gas......

    What is the best way 2 clean muffler & screen?

    I have a air compressor.....
    Do I just blow it out?

    Not trying 2 sound Dumb founded....But I am wanting 2
    learn How 2 work on my equipment myself..Instead of
    taking it 2 the shop.. So if u can help...I will try it in the AM..

    Thanks....
     
  4. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 293

    Nelson,

    You will need to take of the plastic covering the motor (the gray one), it is not hard just a few screws. Then take off the muffler, there is a little screen inside, remove that screen and throw away. Then clean out the muffler with some type of solvent. Replace the oppisite direction. Whole thing should take about 15-20 min.
     
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    In addition to what trimmer said, I find that if the muffler has a round exhaust "pipe" type outlet, a corresponding drill bit can quickly clean out that real nice. I use a screwdriver to remove the carbon. Be carefull around the piston, dont scratch it!

    Good Luck

    This IS your problem!

    On Edit: Try AMSOIL 2 stroke oil. It is 100:1, and I mix it at 80:1. No more carbon build up. Power is up, smoke is down!
     
  6. Nelson

    Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 278

    Thanks guys......
     
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    mabe im misunderstanding ,but sounded like u were saying the head dont turn ,
    with motor reving. sounds like a clutch.
    i use the mix u said u did and dont get any exhaust plugging an such.dont even foul the air like they use to. just a clean burn. i do use 90 or above octane. good luck.w u problem
     
  8. JasperStorm

    JasperStorm LawnSite Member
    from WA
    Posts: 71

    If the engine runs at it's normal rpm, then it has nothing to do with a plugged muffler.


    As awm stated, check the clutch.
     
  9. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    If it seems to run at an even higher rpm then before but head does not function, it could be the inner shaft. If that shaft brakes, there is no power transfer to the head.

    Jay
     
  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    Hopefully Nelson gets straightened out and lets us know what it was.

    Symptoms that he gave....
    I know to Ck air filter, Ck filter in gas chamber, Ck plug...

    But I did all this ...but it still runs sluggish....Any Advice....


    These things lead me to believe that its a POWER issue. The SLUGGISH term was my tip off.

    The first time it happened to me back in the early 80's, I thought it was my clutch or a seized shaft. Took it to the dealer (under warranty) and the bill said "exhaust port cleaning" . After that, I did it myself. Oil was bad back then, and the 16:1 couldn't have helped much!!!
     

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