Having trouble with your weed eater?
If your weed eater (or strimmer) is running slow, the engine sounds like it’s suffering from a monster chest infection, or if it’s stopped working altogether, then your carburetor may be blocked.
In this short post, we’re going to take a quick look at how you can clean it. Fortunately, cleaning a weed eater carburetor is a very simple process. If you were thinking about taking it to the local garden center or mechanic, then you’ll be happy to know you’ve just saved yourself some money (and a trip).
Let’s dig in.
What you’ll need:
- A flat head or cross-head screwdriver (or equivalent drill bit) depending on your model.
How to unclog the carburetor:
- Unscrew the filter protector and remove the filter and screen.
- Unscrew the carburetor from the weed eater (it may be attached to the choke).
- Disconnect the throttle and the gas lines.
- Your carburetor may have one or two screws on the top that hold the “primer bubble”/oil cup. In either case, take the top off.
- Clean the filter of any debris that’s clogging it up. An air compressor can be useful.
- Repeat all the steps in reverse!
And there you have it! If you’re still having problems it may be due to the fact that the carburetor itself needs re-building. In which case, it might be time for the mechanic.
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Here’s a great video that guides you through the process of replacing a strimmer carburetor:
Finally, if you’re interested in the mechanics of how carburetors work, check out this link: How does a carburetor work?