I've had this motor/boat since the year after it was purchased. About 97 or 98.
The Previous owner let the carb sit in too much of the stuff that's supposed to keep your gas usable. Ever since then, the Needle sticks.
Every time I'm done with the trip or whatever, I pull the fuel hose off as I get close to the Beach. Then I run it dry.
That way I never forget to drain the carb and leave the Needle valve dropped off from the seat. It works fine during the season. Every time I start it and run it I have not trouble.
At the start of every season the Needle is stuck up into the seat.
Every 'first trip' I have to pull the inlet hose off the filter, and blow hard to loosen up that needle. Then it will start easy. Usually first or second pull.
I didn't use it at all last year. So the Needle is really stuck. and could not get the needle loose the normal way.
I have the Carb off now.
Looking at that Needle, I see the same thing B&S deals with in the newer carbs. A swollen rubber tip, sticking the needle.
Do you guys see anything I missed?
Maybe there is a little Stainless Spring wire to hold the Needle to the part that raises the needle?
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