Struggling to start trimmer
I am having trouble getting our gas trimmer started. Troy-Bilt is the brand. We were given the trimmer at the start of the summer and it started just fine. Now it comes close to starting but does not start.
It has gas and oil (4 stroke). I thought I might be doing something wrong so this afternoon I looked at the manual and made sure I followed the instructions exactly. I primed it 10x, put the choke on and pulled 5 times, then put it on half choked and pulled 5x. Since it did not start, I repeated, and repeated, and repeated until my arm ached.
Sometimes it will start very very briefly (half a second or so), so it isn't totally dead, but for whatever reason it doesn't stay running. Am I flooding it? I let it sit for a while and tried, and it still wouldn't start.
I am not technically minded, but I do not have a lot of spare cash for repairs, so I would very much appreciate any ideas about what I might try to get it going.