Unit not starting

I’m trying to get my unit to start, but with every tug, fuel starts dripping out. Finally it started, blew white smoke for 20 secs, then quit. Now, with every tug, oil/gas is leaking. Even looks like it’s coming out of the muffler. This is the first time I’ve used it since I hurt my back 5 weeks ago. It’s just been sitting on the trailer. What do I need to do?

Also, it did not tip over.

Hi John,

I’m glad you’re feeling well enough to tug on that thing after being off for five weeks. I don’t know what the equipment experts would do but I assume that you did not turn the gas off before you stored the machine.

Check the oil. Then change the oil. Take out the spark plug, pull the rope a few times, spray some starting fluid or similar in spark plug hole, pull it a few more times then install your new plug.

Drop the fuel bowl on the carb, check to see if anything looks off kilter, reinstall the fuel bowl, turn on the fuel and start machine. Sure, it will smoke for a bit until you get all of the ol burnt out of the muffler. But since you are not doing this in your living room, a little smoke shouldn’t hurt.

Happy washing.

Ya Gas could have gone bad. Do what Tim Said and it should start :slight_smile:

Check the oil level and see if it smells like gas. If so, change the oil. I’ve seen non vented gas caps actuallly pressurize the tank when sitting in the sun. Alot of times the pressure is enough to push fuel past the needle and seat, flooding the motor and filling the base of the engine up with fuel. The best way around this is to shut the fuel off everytime you finish using it.

I just opened the oil cap. Oil/gas mixture poured out. Is this caused from leaving the fuel on? I turn it off every time, but when I hurt my back, another guy loaded everything up. It looks like it was left on for 5 weeks traveling on my trailer. Could I just drain it, refill with oil, then good to go?

I appreciate all the help.

Yes sir, as listed above.

"Check the oil. Then change the oil. Take out the spark plug, pull the rope a few times, spray some starting fluid or similar in spark plug hole, pull it a few more times then install your new plug.

Drop the fuel bowl on the carb, check to see if anything looks off kilter, reinstall the fuel bowl, turn on the fuel and start machine. Sure, it will smoke for a bit until you get all of the ol burnt out of the muffler. But since you are not doing this in your living room, a little smoke shouldn’t hurt."

I got that, just wasn’t sure if any residual fuel needed to be flushed out of the oil tank. I can barely change the oil on my vehicle. Haha!
What type of oil and how much? Trying to find the owners manual now. It’s a cold 4gpm Honda belt drive. I’m assuming the oil in the pump isn’t affected.
Thanks, Tim.

I don’t know how you would flush the residual fuel out of the oil tank (perhaps better known as the crankcase)…

Hey, look at it this way, if the oil in the crankcase is contaminated with gas, it should drain better than usual, right?

For peace of mind, you could change the oil again after a day or two.

Google" oil change Honda gx 390", assuming that is what you have.

Pump oil is separate and not affected by current malady.

Thank you!!

You’re welcome.

Whatever you do, do not borrow your wifes turkey baster, add a piece of hose to the end of it, and use it to vacuum all the remnants of gassey oil out of the crankcase.

Don’t say that I didn’t warn you:)

Ha!

Got it running again. Just like new. Thanks.

Change the oil. The gx390 should take around a quart. I wouldn’t be too worried about any residual, but you can always change again after you run it a short period. We run 10w30 in our machines.

I did just that a couple of times and my wife was ****ed lol… I ended up buying this oil sucking machine for about $30 bucks from Whitney auto parts yrs ago.