Hello, I have had a Blue Max splitter for over a decade andd despite running a little uneven at times and being hard to start when it's cold (I put an electric heater on it for an hour or so then it starts fine) it has been pretty good to me. It got hard to pull the starter cord and I noticed it was wobbling so I took the cover off. The plastic wheel that the rope goes around was pretty badly warped. So I got an exact replacement starter off Ebay and put it on. It turns over just like it used to, so I gassed it up (it was empty) and I tried to start it. I got it going but after a couple seconds it shut down and smoke was coming off the metal housing where the exhaust is. I tried again and same thing. I unscrewed the engine oil plug to check it and gas came pouring out. I see a post that says the float in the carburetor is probably the culprit. Before I tear it apart, I wonder if something could have happened where the starter engages? I had the cover off for a week or so while I was waiting for the replacement. Could something have got in there and screwed things up? It's in a closed barn so the only thing I can think of is a mouse. Did I reinstall the starter wrong? It feels just like the old one and isn't making noise and isn't loose. It seems like an unlikely coincidence that this happened while the starter was off. I didn't monkey with anything else.