What Should I Do When a Featherlite Weed Eater Won't Start?

To repair a Featherlite weed eater that won't start, it is necessary to identify the cause of the problem. Dirty filters, contaminated fuel, spark plug malfunction and a flooded engine are common reasons that a weed eater may not start. Repairs may take as little as a few minutes, depending on the cause of the problem.

  1. Adjust the choke

    A strong gas odor indicates the engine is flooded, and the choke may need to be adjusted. Set the choke to the halfway point, and try to start the engine. A flooded engine can also be remedied by waiting for several minutes before trying to start the weed eater.

  2. Replace the spark plug

    Check the spark plug for signs of corrosion or damage, and replace it if necessary.

  3. Clean the air and fuel filter

    Locate the air filter, and clean it using compressed air. Locate the fuel filter inside the gas tank, and replace it if it appears dirty or clogged.

  4. Replace the fuel

    Fuel can become contaminated by water when the weed eater is stored in the outdoors, and typically has a cloudy appearance when water is present. Drain the fuel into an approved container, and replace it with new fuel.