I have a Toro that only runs off of Starting fluid in the cylinder. The carb is most likely plugged. Should I take the lazy approach and try seafoam, or just take the extra time to take off the bowl and clean out the jet? Have any of you tried Seafoam? Does it work?
The only thing Ive seen work without taking a carb apart is this stuff called Mecahnic In a Bottle. You have to purge it undiluted into the carb woth no fuel and let it sit over night. Amazing stuff. I would still take the carb apart though and do it right.
One of my service vans was running rough, my friend who's a very experienced auto mechanic recommended I try it to clean up the injectors. Worked like a champ, after a few miles there was a night and day difference.
Now I toss in a bottle every 4-6 months.
I just started adding it to my gas can for the mowers & generators etc. I wasn't having any issues with them, but figured it can't hurt.
As far as Cleaning out gummed up carb, I think that's beyond anything except disassembly & cleaning
I'd would take it apart and clean it good in order to do yourself a favor in the long run. I tried sea foam to clean one out before but had little luck as it would move the gum and varnish from spot to another than I ended up taking it apart anyway. I've heard great things of sea foam and normally run it in my engines to help keep gum and varnish cleaned out but give it a good cleaning first.
Seafoam will help clear up fuel issues in an engine that is running. If the carb's gummed to the point of not running, it's too late for Seafoam. This stuff is, as BlkBeard mentioned, is best used as preventative medicine.
You have to check for fuel flo from the gas tank, the fuel line, and at the junction where the fuel line goes into the carb, (careful if this is the plastic fitting), If the engine is a Tecumseh ? My Toro is, I seem to remember a small screen that is internal at that particular fitting ? Hope I'm not having a senior moment ! and the trick was to blow air out of that fitting from the inside of carb out. hope this helps.
Check the fuel valve and inlet to the carb. The valve may have ruber parts, now swelled and bad or the inlet may be blocked with debris. Disconnect carb from tank sypply, and see if you are getting fuel. If not, check valve and line from tank. If you have gas, check inlet.
I've used Lucas oil a friend of mine told me about it use it in my car and truck helps keep the injector's clean also use it in the boat and jet ski cause they set a little longer without getting run all the time just my 2 cents worth.