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Old 06-27-2014, 05:52 AM   #1
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Just thought I would put this out there and see if anyone has experienced this problem before.
I have the EU 2000 that I found at a pawn shop in GA about a year ago, like new. It has always started first pull every time but now for the last couple months if I open the vent on the gas cap or take the cap off to put gas in it, it will not start for about an hour. If I start it before opening it usually works and after warming up I never have any problems restarting, it's just the very first time after sitting for a week. It acts like it floods when I open the vent.

It has new oil that is full and brand new spark plug and I have taken carb off and cleaned but doesn't seem to make any difference.

I am trying to avoid putting it in the shop because I work out of town and when I do get to come home it's usually on a weekend and I don't have time to take it or pick it up.

Should I just order a new carb for it? Anyone know the best place to order parts? Anyone had this kind of problem before?

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I would start by cleaning the carb. Are you using ethanol free gas in that thing or have you been using normal gas?
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I would start by cleaning the carb. Are you using ethanol free gas in that thing or have you been using normal gas?
Yeah I've cleaned the carb twice now and doesn't seem to change anything. I always use 92/93 octane but not ethanol free. Only 1 store in Milton has it that I know of. I have ran a can of seafoam thru it when it first started doing this. Thanks for the reply.
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I always use 92/93 octane but not ethanol free.
And now you know why it's worth going the extra mile to get the good stuff.
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Just fill it back up after every trip and don't take the cap off until it's good warmed up.
BTW I never close the vent on mine.
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Yeah I've cleaned the carb twice now and doesn't seem to change anything. I always use 92/93 octane but not ethanol free. Only 1 store in Milton has it that I know of. I have ran a can of seafoam thru it when it first started doing this. Thanks for the reply.

It's still possible to have varnish in a jet. I would consider making a trip with a 5 gallon tank to keep ethanol free on hand.
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Sounds to me like your float needle is leaking a little. When the cap is closed there is enough vacuum to keep it from leaking. When you open the vent or take off the cap it lets enough pressure on the float needle that it leaks past flooding the engine. Probably varnish on the needle or the seat. Nothing to do with ethanol, ethanol free gas will varnish too over time. Get a rebuild kit and when you install the new float needle make sure the needle seat is clean.
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Sounds to me like your float needle is leaking a little. When the cap is closed there is enough vacuum to keep it from leaking. When you open the vent or take off the cap it lets enough pressure on the float needle that it leaks past flooding the engine. Probably varnish on the needle or the seat. Nothing to do with ethanol, ethanol free gas will varnish too over time. Get a rebuild kit and when you install the new float needle make sure the needle seat is clean.
I was thinking the same immediately when I read the OP.
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Sounds to me like your float needle is leaking a little. When the cap is closed there is enough vacuum to keep it from leaking. When you open the vent or take off the cap it lets enough pressure on the float needle that it leaks past flooding the engine. Probably varnish on the needle or the seat. Nothing to do with ethanol, ethanol free gas will varnish too over time. Get a rebuild kit and when you install the new float needle make sure the needle seat is clean.
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Thanks Breeze I will do this for sure soon as I get home.
I would love to use ethanol free gas but unfortunately at my house this isn't an option unless I get it every trip and I just don't have the time for that. Thanks for the replies.
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