Troubleshoot a Homelite Weedeater


Homelite weed eaters are generally considered to be some of the most reasonably priced machines on the market. They are known to be reliable and simple to maintain. Homelite weed eaters come in various sizes and with different features, including its Zip Start technology, which requires less effort when pulling the cord. No matter which model you select, however, you are likely to need to troubleshoot some issues. Try solving the problem on your own before calling in a professional.


  • If you have difficulty getting your Homelite weed eater to start, you should check the spark plug. You may also not have any more fuel. If you have fuel but the weed eater still won't start, push the primer bulb until it is full of fuel. If the bulb won't fill, there is a block in the primary fuel delivery system and you'll need to contact a service center. If this is not your problem, make sure the engine is not flooded. Your owner's manual will have instructions on how to do this.


  • If the engine will not accelerate, make sure to give it enough time to warm up, about three minutes. Contact a repairman if after this amount of time the engine still does not accelerate. If the engine will only run at a high speed at half choke, the carburetor needs an adjustment, and you will need to contact a professional. If your engine does not reach full speed, but instead, emits a lot of smoke, check the lubricant-fuel mixture. Also, replace the air filter if it is dirty. If the cause of this is the carburetor, as mentioned earlier, you will need to contact a service center.

String and Spool Retainer

  • Your string should advance when using Homelite's EZ Wind Tap Advance System. If it does not, then the string may be welded to itself or there is not enough string on the spool. Make sure the string is not worn too short or that is is not tangled on the spool. Also, if the engine speed is too slow, you will need to advance the string when the engine is at full throttle. If the spool retainer is hard to turn, the screw threads may be dirty or damaged. Clean the threads and lubricate them with grease. If this does not help, replace the entire spool retainer.

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