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« on: February 21, 2007, 16:52 »
hi all

i have bought a old briggs and stratton rotovator a cupple months ago and i keeped it in my shed at home started up most days and it was fine, i took it down to my allotment as i have this week of work i fill it up with some petrol i have had in a can in my shed for 12 months it wont start at all i even bought a new spark plug and it still dont work i have wasted 3 days on my plot to try and get it running. could it be the petrol thats the problem?

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Bigbadfrankie

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007, 16:56 »
if the petrol is 12 months old YES. Try some fresh petrol before much mechanical fiddling.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007, 16:58 »
ok thanks for that i will have to try and but it back together first :shock:  then give it ago

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007, 17:01 »
Is it the correct fuel?  Two-stroke or otherwise.   Also, as Frankie says, old fuel won't help matters at all.

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007, 17:01 »
You already have it apart :shock:

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007, 17:03 »
unleaded petrol goes off in quite a short time. as bbf says above, empty petrol tank on the rotavator, and fill with fresh. you may need to give it a few pulls to suck up the fresh petrol. if it still wont go, remove the spark plug, and just rest it against the engine cooling fins on the top of the engine, pull the starter and look for a spark. if you cant see a spark,give another shout for help. :D

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007, 17:06 »
thanks guys

yes took it apart never thought of the petrol.
it takes unleaded petrol  i have tryed the spark plug and theres a good spark

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2007, 18:23 »
hi guys
got it back home now,put fresh petrol in it and still no look and theres a good spark to, i cant work it out :(

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2007, 18:43 »
Put petrol in the spark plug hole and give it full throttle. Not loads of fuel just a thimble full. It should at least fire. Rub the lead from a pencil on the spark plug electrode. if it was going previous to the duff fuel it cant be much wrong.

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2007, 19:02 »
i  have just tryed that apart from the pencil bit and still no luck i think i should just give it up as a bad job

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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2007, 19:13 »
Is the plug getting wet? If not it could be a sedimentary blockage in one of the carb tubes? Give it a good blow out through all the internal orifces.

Maybe the cut off valve on the float is stuck shut.? Give it a tap.

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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2007, 19:16 »
hi yes the plug is getting wet, thats what i cant understand,good spark and no fuel blocked and still not starting

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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2007, 19:20 »
you say you got a new spark plug paul,is it the same as the original in length and the gap is correct
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2007, 19:22 »
Do you have a spare plug to try? They can get blown out under compression if they are duff, but appear fine when they are sparking whilst checking against the engine.

edit. oops missed "new plug"  :oops:

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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2007, 19:26 »
yeah i have tryed 3 new ones lol



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