I have a Craftsman Snowblower, model 247.889702. Unit is a few years old, and I can't get it to start. Unfortunately, I left gas in it one winter and over the summer and of course when I tried to get it to start last winter it wouldn't work.
I'm a definite novice when it comes to troubleshooting issues like this, but I took a look at it this afternoon after reading some on the net. I found that the carburetor was all gummed up. I got some carb cleaner and cleaned the carb bowl and the carb itself out pretty good, drained as much of the old gas from it as I could and added new gas. Still couldn't get it to start (even with the electric starter).
While trying to get it to start, I took the carb bowl off and tried hitting the primer. I noticed that while I heard an air sucking/swooshing noise, it didn't seem like any gas was coming through the carb. I was expecting a few drops to drip off the end of the tube. Is that normal? If not, is it possible that the fuel line is clogged?
Thanks in advance.
It turns out the fuel line was clogged. I pulled it and it was completely full of a black tarry gunk that completely blocked the flow. I was able to clear it out but it was so bad I just ordered a new one and a new fitting for the fuel tank. Waiting for them to come in now.