Repair Stihl FS45 Trimmer or pitch it
I have a Stihl FS45 String Trimmer I bought in 2009, so this would have been its 6th season. I used it once this spring and it ran terrible. Two weeks later I can not get it to start after many attempts over 2 days. Another weird thing is that when I laid it on the ground to start gas poured out through the exhaust opening. I store it upright with the motor up.
Are these things worth repairing? Anyone have experience getting them repaired recently and can tell me the cost. I called a couple places and none would give estimates other than a $25 or $30 bench fee to look at it and that they could not give an estimate or range until after that. Also this time of year everyone is busy and it would be around 2 weeks before they could even check it. IÃ¯Â¿Â½d hate to spend $30 to find out it would cost me another $100 to get my $150 five year old trimmer repaired.
I've checked the spark plug and air filter but IÃ¯Â¿Â½m not comfortable trying repairs beyond those.