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Ryobi gas trimmer SS26, won't start hot until primed and choked, then dies.

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  • fred_terry May 04, 2009

    It' A new machine - only used about 6 times. I think the

    problem is carbuetor adjustment. Am now trying to figure

    how to adjust. I may have to cut slots in needle valves with

    dremmel cut off blade. Any suggestions?

  • Kitty Hawk Apr 18, 2013

    I've had the same problem repeatedly. I found an easy fix when the engine is hot and will not start. Remove the spark plug. Wipe off with a rag any oil you find. Now here is the "kick starter." If you have starter fluid, spray just a tad inside the spark plug hole and replace spark plug. If you do not have started fluid, you can use what I use. Are you ready? OK. I use silicon spray. Just a squirt and it starts every time. I hope this helpd you.

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My solution is to stop buying lawn and garden equipment from the local home centers. I too made the same fatal mistake you folks made. I bought the SS26 model Ryobi weedeater used it about 3 or 4 times and it has turned to ****. I am so pissed off I will never buy any power landscape tools from home centers again. I even bought a Troybuilt gas powered hedger and I have to work on it for 3 hours in order to use it for 1 hour. I will start buying commercially available professional gas powered landscape equipment from now on. I learned my lesson the hard way, just like you. The gas was bad??!!??!... I have used oil mixed gasoline in a lot of my two stroke eqiupment for 12 months without additives and it always burns just fine. The last Ryobi weedeater I had was 15 years old before it gave up the ghost. Thats why I bought this new one. I never had to use fresh gas everytime I used it...What a joke....I say we little people ban toghether and pass the word along to everyone we know about how junky their equipment is and how unreliable the companies are in supporting thier product. The problem with the SS26 Weedeater is the carbureator (spelling) it is an inferior piece of junk...period. After 4 uses, it will only start up, as soon as I pull the gas trigger, it dies because it leans out. I checked the spark plug (another piece of ****) and it looks like the machine was running hot, The electrode was a whiteish color indicateing a lean burn condition, nt the chocolate brown I was hoping to see. I hope this helps everyone who reads this... Spend a couple hundred extra dollars and go buy something real. Stop playing with the kids toys. This is what I am going to do to resolve the problem. They don't care about us, why should we care about them....Down to the firey pits with them....
OVER.............

Posted on Jan 15, 2010

  • Victor Jun 03, 2013

    I hear you loud and clear! Ryobi is absolute ****. First my leaf blower goes out after one season. Now my weed wacker doesn't work after using it 4 times. I'll never by another Ryobi product as long as I live!!!!

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Hit it against the wall and go buy another brand. Mine just came back from the shop, supposedly the shop fixed it since it is under warranty. It won't start. This problem has been like this since I got it. I should have taken it back to home depot as soon as th eproblem started

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

  • misturdan Apr 14, 2011

    I hear ya, last time I'll ever wast my money on anything "ryobi", the POS was a hard start right outta the box and it's gone south from there....6 mos into ownership the drive to the head has snapped...funny thing about it is, I had just used it yesterday and put it away "working"...Run Forest Run

  • xpmailbox Apr 22, 2011

    I had same problem with 2 of them. Took 1st one back, got another, same problem. I said to heck with the warranty, I'm tearing this thing apart and fixing it. I knew it was getting fuel as I was priming and flooding it. I removed plug wire, removed plug so you have no compression, attached spark tester and it had spark, huh.... has fuel, huh, no fire.... huh. I left the sparker tester attached, pulled on plug wire assembly a little bit and pulled the cord, NO spark, no SHOCK, hmmm. I fiddled with the spark plug boot a little and it came off of the coil wire, oh !.. Here's the fix.
    Plug wire core has broken away from the plug cap inside of the rubber boot, cheesy soldering didn't help. Remove rear cover by unscrewing the 4 star screws, so you have finger space. Remove boot from plug, if still attached, give it a pull, it will come off. Remove spark plug for finger space. Fish the spiral coil out from inside rubber boot. End of this silver plug coil has about a 1/4 inch straight metal. Bend the end of it so that you get a little fish hook angle, "not too much", you might even try to put a little barb etched into it to give it some grabbing power. Now, carefully push silver coil end "that you adjusted", down into the wire so as to contact the ignition wire core. It should grab pretty good. Then slowly feed wire assembly back into the rubber spark plug boot so that it is far enough in so that when you push it down on the plug it snaps on. Reinstall plug, reconnect fixed coil wire boot assembly. Prime, pull cord and it starts.
    Reinstall rear cover and go kill some weeds or trim your fine lawn :). Hope this helps everybody that has a no start or very intermittent start.

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I realise this is a few months old, but I had the exact same problem with a CS26 and Ryobi told me that the cause is the oil they ship with the trimmer.

Some models shipped with G-Oil (it's a black bottle with a yellow lid) and it's not thick enough (or something like that)

Assuming the engine hasn't siezed up, the fix is to drain it and use something else in a fresh gallon of gas.

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My brand new Ryobi ss26 trimmer ran fine 2 to 3 times, when I had had to add more gas.... It came from the same mixture as the very first fill... unit would not fire, would not start... very frustrated I called for support... they told me I had to mix new gas for each fill, mixed gas/oil goes bad....  so I made a new batch, drained the trimmer, and refilled.... it started but would not run fast enough to use... keeps stalling when I give it the gas.... now it will not start at all....

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

  • iamhe999 Nov 01, 2010

    finally had the carborator replaced....

    bought a small chain saw.. used it once.. the bulb primer split open... company maintenance not available in southern california, plus they told me the bulb is not covered under warranty because it is a "consumable" I finaly cut my losses and threw the damn thing away... i felt like smashing it to pieces in front of home depot where i bought it.... buyers beware!

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Had the same problem. It started when I used oil in new fuel mix that came with the trimmer. I couldn't keep it running and noticed it was flooding. Took off fuel line and saw it was siphoning. Took cap off and trimmed one way valve about 1/8th in. and squeezed filter to loosen it up. One way valve is located in the cap itself. You can pop it out with small screw driver from the inside out (underside of cap). Don't trim too much or fuel will spill out of the cap while you are using the trimmer. She fired right up after doing this and just had to adjust idle speed. Some minor fuel leakage is to be expected but until Ryobi recognizes the design defect, I can live with it. Good Luck.

Posted on Oct 31, 2010

  • PedleyDan Mar 19, 2011

    This is a very useful suggestion that works. I would not cut off as much to avoid fuel leakage. I cut less than 1/16" off....it did not leak as long as it was running.

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Ryobi sucks! I purchased the SS26 twice and neither one of them worked worth squat. Took them back and bought a different brand.

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What type of wrench do you need to adjust a Ryobi SS26? I have never seen a screw head like this. The are side by side protected by a collar and do not have slots.

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    hello, yes that is what i have to do to with a lot of the new carbs.to get the fuel mixture a little leaner,and runs better.

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I have been looking for solutions to the same problems described above. Thanks to all that have contributed. I have two identical S26's and both basically have quit working after less than a season due to apparant carburator issues. I'm about to throw them in the lake behind my house...after I drain the fuel out of them. I had tremendous success with prior Ryiobi products a couple of which lasted for many many years. These current models are garbage to include the blower I bought which failed to start after only two uses. I'm going to go with commercial Echos from now on. I will never EVER buy a piece of junk made by Ryobi or homelite. What P.O.S.!. Buyer beware.

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My Ryobi ss26 is the biggest piece of JUNK !!!!! Can\'t believe that their still in business, might as well be robbing us.

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Hey i had the exact problem with my trimmer all you have to do is get out a screwdriver and screw the screw on the carb clockwise until it idles higher and it should be fine after that.

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Thanks, reading this helped fixing my 26cc ryobi, New and stopped working, no spark suddenly and flooded carb., Removed plug to discover no air filter, only a screen that allow debris to **** into the combustion chamber, drained gas from teh cylinder, new plug and fixed the cheap design of insulation plug cover by pressing down with extreme pressure to make electrical contact. Works better now!

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  • RK2012 Aug 05, 2012

    thanks, reading this helped fixing my 26cc ryobi, New and stopped working, no spark suddenly and flooded carb., Removed plug to discover no air filter, only a screen that allow debris to **** into the combustion chamber, drained gas from teh cylinder, new plug and fixed the cheap design of insulation plug cover by pressing down with extreme pressure to make electrical contact. Works better now!

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Make sure the kill switch is not depressed (still set to "off")
and also make sure the choke is fully off, you don't need to use it on a warm engine. Also if it has been ran in the last 5 mins. you shouldn't have to use the primer bulb..this is a common mistake I see many people do.

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