Removing carburetor on 1991 Toro with Suzuki 2-cycle

BastlerJuly 12, 2014

How in H--- does one unhook the choke and throttle linkages to remove the carb? The studs holding the carb are so long you can't slide the carb off without unhooking the linkages, but you can't tip the carb to unhook them without sliding the carb off the studs. All the instructions say to remove the carb for cleaning, but I'm stuck. The only way I can see is to remove the studs from the engine block, but they are so tight that this risks breaking them.

What's the trick?

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Well, you may not have to remove the carb for cleaning. Remove the bowl, and bend the straw from the jet spray carb cleaner so that you blow up through the very center of the stem. Reassemble and see what you have. You are correct that in the service manual, Toro always had you remove the parts outward in. IE the governor arm so you could get the link off and slide it out. Normally you would take the two nuts and lock them together on 1 stud and turn the stud out.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 6:30PM
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I thought of cleaning it in place, but the carb cleaner supposedly attacks the float and I don't fancy standing on my head to pull the pin out. I know it attacks the fuel line, because I sprayed it around on the outside and a couple of days later it began to drip and smell. The fuel line was pretty thoroughly dissolved, leaving a nasty sticky residue.

I also considered the jam-nut trick, but I worried that I would twist off a stud. Maybe I'll try that after using some penetrating oil or WD- 40.

Thanks for the suggestions.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2014 at 8:14PM
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After lots of WD-40 the studs came out, so now I can proceed in the normal way to clean up the carb. Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:59PM
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Good deal and good luck.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2014 at 1:22AM
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