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Why Weed Eater Won’t Start? Diagnosis and Repair

Are you having trouble with your weed eater? Did you know that a lot of people are complaining about it? Get to know what to do when weed eater doesn't start by reading the information provided below.

One of the simplest lawn tasks is trimming, and it is a task that is pretty straightforward as long as you have the right equipment for the task. One of the equipment that is needed is a weed eater.

There are two types of weed eaters, which are the electric and the gas string, which can both help in cutting closely around the poles and any other objects.

The problem is, even weed eaters can have problems at times, and some of the most common problems encountered are either a weed eater won't start or malfunctions.

Fortunately, you don’t need to get frustrated over this because there are ways on how you can troubleshoot this problem.

Electrical Issues with Your Weed Eater

Typically, when a weed eater won’t start, the culprit is usually due to electrical issues. The best way to check is to check if the extension cord is firmly plugged into an electrical outlet and the weed eater machine.

You can also test the extension cord because a faulty one can sometimes be the problem as well. The best thing that you can do is to use another extension cord and check if it operates.

If it does, then that means that you need to change the extension of your weed eater.

You should also check your circuit breaker or the fuse, which is connected to the electrical outlet where the weed eater is plugged in. If there are any problems with the circuit breaker or the fuse, then replacing them or getting them fixed is essential.

Problems with the Spark Plug

Spark Plug of weed eater

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Now once you start operating the weed eater and it doesn’t start then a spark plug that is faulty or dirty may be the culprit. You can start cleaning the plug using a wire brush as this will help you to remove dirt or corrosion.

Cleaning this might help restore the weed eater and start working again. Now if that is not functioning, you can remove the old plug and install a new one and make sure that the cover is replaced as well.

You should also check the spark plug’s rim part to check if there are any carbon deposit build-up on the point itself. You should put in mind that the rim is silver in color and not black.

You can scrape the deposits off using a screwdriver or a steel wool if the rim is dirty.

Issues with the Weed Eater's Fuel

Issues with Weed Eater's Fuel

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If you are using a weed eater that is powered by gasoline, then the problem may be related to the fuel. The first thing that you need to do is to check if your equipment has enough fuel for it to operate since a low fueled weed eater won’t usually work.

Now if your fuel is old and is already from last year, it would be best to replace it with a fresher gasoline. Also, you need to make sure that it has the right mixture of gasoline and 2 cycle oil.

Typically companies will recommend users to use unleaded gasoline that is mixed with a 2 cycle oil.

Check the Carb of Your Weed Eater

Check issues with carb weed eater

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After doing the above solutions, you can test the weed eater’s carb. You will need a cleaner for this one. For you to be able to clean the carb, the first thing that you need to do is to remove the cover of the carb and start spraying the jets off.

This will help you make sure that they are unobstructed and clean. Press the spray a few more times as this will contribute to force the carb cleaner in the carb’s line.

You can repeat the process for a few more times until you are sure that it has already been cleaned.

Check the Screen of the Spark Arrestor

Check the Screen of the Spark Arrestor

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You can also start checking the screen of the spark arrestor since it can get clogged at the time. The purpose of this screen is not to let the particles that are hot from escaping your weed eater’s muffler, which can then cause a fire.

If you check that it is already blocked, you can start scraping the screen using a piece of wood or a wire brush and replace the screen.

These are all of the information that you need when your weed eater won’t start. Follow the above troubleshooting tips, for you to be able to make the weed eater work. In this way, you won’t even have to purchase another weed eater, which can be pricey and of course time-consuming.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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