(Expert’s Way) How to Clean Carburetor on Leaf Blower
The leaf blower is one of many tools used to keep landscapes clean and beautiful. They are designed ergonomically and are highly efficient. But, despite its widespread usage, not many people know how to clean carburetor on leaf blowers.
Perhaps you’re one of those people, are you? Not to worry, you’re a few minutes away from becoming an expert at this. That is, you’ve tried it out after you’ve read it. Simply reading through this article won’t make you an expert.
Generally, leaf blowers are of two types; those powered by an electric motor, and the gasoline-powered variety. The gas leaf blower are the ones we’ll consider in this article. Why, you ask? Because an electric powered blower doesn’t have (or need) a carburetor.
In other words, for a blower to function efficiently, the carburetor must be kept in top condition. Unfortunately, carburetor maintenance is an often-overlooked part of the routine cleaning of a leaf blower.
Why Carburetor Cleaning is So Important:
The function of the carburetor is to control the amount of fuel (fuel-to-air ratio) that gets into the combustion chamber of the engine. Over prolonged usage, dirt gets stuck in the carburetor. If it is left unchecked, the dust will accumulate until it eventually hinders the engine from functioning optimally.
In case there’s dirt in your carburetor, it will lead to fuel inefficiency as the combustion of the fuel will not be total, which means that there will be more carbon emissions. It would also be more challenging to do a cold start.
Proper maintenance of the carburetor would not only improve the functioning of the leaf blower. It also ensures the longevity of the engine. You shouldn’t wait until your blower doesn’t start before you have the carburetor checked. There ought to be a detailed schedule for the maintenance of this vital engine element.
Who Should Clean My Carburetor?
It would be inaccurate to say this activity is a no-brainer. However, it’s necessary to say that it isn’t rocket science. Are you wondering if you need to have a background in engineering to perform the task successfully? You don’t!
Your ability to identify simple components of the internal combustion engine would undoubtedly help, though.
A man who drives an automobile should be able to identify simple engine parts when he sees one, such as a spark plug, air filter, and even a carburetor. If you’re such a man (or woman), you have what it takes to try!
Maintenance Of The Carburetor
This article enumerates steps that you have to take to service your carburetor yourself. Now let’s cut to the chase!
Gathering All The Tools
Here is a list of the tools you’ll need to complete the carburetor cleaning.
- Carburetor cleaner
- A small container
- Screwdrivers or Allen keys (as your specific blower may require) to loosen the bolts
- Spark plug spanner
- Compressed air blower or fan blower
Locating The Carburetor
Follow the supplied fuel lines from the gas tank if it is gas leaf blower. The tail end would lead you to the carburetor. Using your screwdriver, uncover the protective covering over this chamber. Once that is done, you see an air filter. Behind the air filter is where the carburetor is.
Uncoupling The Carburetor
It’s always easier to dismantle a tool than it is to recouple. This is truer when you’re performing the task for the first time. So, pay attention when dismantling. Make sure you keep in mind where every pipe or bolt fits.
You may record a video of the process and playback when it’s time to recouple. Meanwhile, small bolts can easily get lost. You’d be safe to keep them in a container.
Cleaning The Carburetor
You need a carburetor cleaner to clean the carburetor. Some carburetors have specified cleaners. Check your blower’s manual to see which one is specified for you to use. If there’s none, then you’re permitted to be generic in your selection of cleaner.
Carburetor cleaners have tiny pipes that are designed to help focus the spray of the aerosol in the can. Fix the pipe and spray the cleaner on the carburetor methodically. Make sure no spot is missed. This high-pressure spray-jets will force the dirt out of the carburetor.
After using the cleaner, you may use a compressed air blower to force out the gummed solvents that remain.
Mounting The Carburetor
At this point, you’ll need your memory to serve you. And if it fails, your video recording is there to help you! To put the carburetor back on the blower, reverse the processes you followed when dismantling.
Before putting the blower away in the garage for safe keeping, start the engine and make sure that the blower is working correctly. You just might find that the leaf blower carburetor still needs adjustment.
Now, do you think you can handle this maintenance task yourself after reading our how to clean carburetor on leaf blower article?
If you still feel like it is too much work for you, then don’t hesitate to call a skilled technician near you. Don’t shy away from the carburetor cleaning and maintenance. It is in the best interests of your blower.