Return to the Tool Shed Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Homelite Pro 4618C-Gasoline damage

Posted by carvinjohn (My Page) on
Sun, May 30, 10 at 22:40

I have a Homelite Pro 4618C, Model UT10518/SN ATL0520323. I stored it too long with gas in it. After our March 13 storm it started, but revved WAY up-the blade was spinning almost all out, and the idle adujuster wasn't touching. We messed with the low jet, but never got it right. The factory suggested turning it in and backing it our 1 3/4 turns. That didn't help.

I took it to a shop and the guy told we it was because I stored it with fuel in it-the alcohol destroyed something, but I forget what it was. He said it was causing too much air in the mixture. He also said the labor to install the part was more than the cost of the saw. Since my time is cheap, does anyone know what part he's talking about?

( I saw the post from ewalk on 3-22-10 and it sounds like the same problem. Aslo sounds like the same storm.) Thanks for any advice, John


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Homelite Pro 4618C-Gasoline damage

Can't believe a carb. rebuild would be more than the cost of the saw? Get the numbers off the carb. go to a small engine repair shop or shop online for a carb. kit. Now since you have time and hopefully some basic knowledge of how to remove, disassemble, clean, install new kit parts, reassemble, and install it back on the saw. If not you might gain some idea of how to do it by goggling zama.com (mostly it's got a zama carb. on it) they provide instructions on how to clean and rekit there carb.


 o
RE: Homelite Pro 4618C-Gasoline damage

Thanks for the followup. He said it was the labor that was the killer-it's $89/hour shoptime here. I pulled the carb and I'll be looking into Jack's-they've been really good in the past for parts. I'll also look into Zama. And yes, I can rebuild carbs-I'm old enough that that's what we used to do. And points and condensers. Kids now don't even know what a carb is. There's a lot I can't do anymore since everything seems to be computerized. Thanks again, carvinjohn@lycos.com


 o
RE: Homelite Pro 4618C-Gasoline damage

As long as you've got it apart, might as well replace the fuel lines.
If you get it fixed, be sure that in the future you use Stabil in the fuel mix every time, all the time.
I imagine that the shop didn't want to bother with it in the first place. Probably half the time these new cheapies don't run right even after they are "fixed".


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Tool Shed Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here