To make the most out of your weed eater, one of the important things is to make sure that you pay attention to its thorough care and maintenance. Similar to the case of other garden tools, you need to be proactive in keeping the unit in its tip-top shape to prevent costly repairs and to make the most out of the equipment.
Among other things, one that you need to learn is how to clean a weed eater carburetor. At first, you might think that it is a difficult task. Once you are aware of the basics, however, you will realize that it is indeed easy. A little patience and effort to spare will go a long way in making sure that your weed eater will work just fine.
The Importance of Carburetor in Weed Eaters
Before we proceed with the discussions, let us first have a quick look at why the carburetor is one of the most important parts of a weed eater. This will provide you with an idea on why cleaning the latter is an essential task.
The carburetor is one of the essential parts of the engine of the weed eater. If the equipment won’t start, one of the common problems is the carburetor. There are two possible issues with the latter. First, there might be cracks and gaps. In this case, you need to have a replacement. Second, there can be dirt and grime, which hinder the carburetor and the engine in general from delivering optimal functionality.
Cleaning your Weed Eater’s Carburetor
To clean the carburetor of your weed wacker, below are the simple steps that you need to follow:
- Take off the breather shield or the protective plate that covers the engine of the weed eater. You need to unscrew it and keep it in a safe place, making sure that the screws will not get lost as you have to put them back later on.
- At this point, you will already be able to see the motor of the weed eater. Look for the air filter, which you will often find next to the carburetor. It has several layers of material that has the primary function of blocking dirt and dust from penetrating the engine. You also have to clean it with soap and water.
- Now, detach the carburetor. Pull the fuel lines that connect the carburetor to the engine of the weed eater. Also, place a newspaper under the work area where you will remove the nuts as this will most probably result in clogging.
- With carburetor in hand, it is now time to proceed to the main part of the task – cleaning. Drain any liquid that is in the carburetor. Using a pipe cleaner, remove the dirt and grime that you can see in the carburetor.
- Unscrew the remaining parts of the carburetor to make sure that you will be able to perform thorough cleaning. To be specific, you need to remove the plate that attaches the primer bulb to the primer base. By this time, you can get hold of the screen. It filters out dirt, which is why you can see some clogs. Clean it thoroughly so that there will be no hindrance in the entry of fuel.
- It will also be a good idea to soak a carburetor in water with mild soap. This will allow stubborn dirt to become softer, making it easier to be removed. Once you are done, dry the carburetor and assemble back in place. Pay attention to proper assembly to prevent the weed eater from malfunctioning.
With the steps above, we hope that you are now aware of how to clean a weed eater carburetor. In most cases, you do not need to replace the carburetor, especially if the weed whacker is a new one. It can easily become dirty, especially with frequent use. Cleaning it, as shown above, won’t take much of your time. The most demanding part is the taking down and assembly, but the cleaning part itself is easy.