Shindaiwa's hard starting

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Joemowz, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. Joemowz

    Joemowz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I have 2 Shindaiwa T-230 string trimmers and both are real hard starting. I'm getting fuel in the engine, and its hard to pull the starting rope until I remove the spark plug. I pull and fuel spills out of the cylinder. They seem to be flooding when they are sitting overnight in the truck. I have replaced the plug, fuel filter, air filter.
    NOTE: When I loosen the gas caps overnight they seem to start better. Seems like a venting problem. The gas caps don't have vents on them.
    Thanks in advance, Joe
  2. pamp99

    pamp99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    sounds like the needle is letting fuel pass you may have the carb rebuilt and see if that helps
  3. Joemowz

    Joemowz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Hey Pamp- Do you know if buying a carb re-building kit would have the needle I need?
  4. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. Joemowz

    Joemowz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Hey Oldtimer, thanks for the info..... I printed out the parts # page and will see my dealer. I never realized that info was "on line". I'll replace the breathers on both trimmers and let you know how I make out. YES, I leave the trimmers flat(on the tank guard) when they are not being used. I only have the problem when its warm, and sunny day. On a cool, overcast day they don't seem to flood out and start easy.
    Thanks again for your help....a repair shop could tell you anything and hit you with a big bill for something simple.
    THANKS, Joe
  6. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    a rebuild kit will have a needle in it
  7. Joemowz

    Joemowz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Viper- I'll try the breather ( or vent ) first, then go for the re-building kit next. I can't believe these Shin trimmers. One is 3 years old the other is 1 year old. My old Shin trimmer I had for 11 years!!! Maybe its time to switch to Red Max.
    Thanks, Joe

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