March 17, 2014
Travis. Thanks for taking the time to answer. I'm certain it's not a problem with the decal, and I'll explain why. The decal appropriately shows the gas On position to be vertical, and the gas OFF position to be horizontal just as it says in the book. Also, I had previously run the snowblower 6 times, and always, prior to starting moved the valve from the horizontal OFF position to the vertical ON position, and had plenty of gas, and the machine ran great.
However, this last time, as usual, prior to starting the machine, I moved the gas valve from the horizontal OFF position to the vertical On, position. After priming, the engine started right up, but then quit within a minute or so. I primed it again, and it wouldn't start. I waited and primed it again, and after a few tries it started, and then quit after about 30 seconds. To me it acted just like a frozen gas line where only a trickle of gas was getting through, and thus it took a while to prime, and then quit because there wasn't enough gas to support the engine.
A few days later, when the temp was near 50, therefor showing the gas line couldn't' be frozen, I experienced the same problems. Out of desperation I did fool with the valve, and put the valve in the horizontal OFF position, and this time the engine kept running. I let the engine run for 10 minutes before shutting it down.
So it's quite obvious that the valve worked properly, and according to the decal, the first half dozen times, but wouldn't work properly according to the decal the last time. There's no other conclusion than that the gas valve has internally shifted out of position, and from one use to the next I'll never know for sure what the correct position will be to smoothly run the snowblower. I'm hoping it's something I might be able to fix on my own, as usually the warranty dealers want you to bring the machine in, which is very difficult for a70 year old man such as myself, or pay to have them pick up and deliver the machine, which seems ridiculous fora cheap plastic part on a Toro 3 months old..
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