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Fuel petcock? or ?

Hi, the initial problem was experienced while travelling at around sixty on an extremely cold day, the throttle couldn't be shut off and was revving high. After recovery and replacing cables which seemed the obvious cause, the engine starts ands idles but shuts off when opening throttle (correctly fitted), also revs increased occasionally with no throttle and choke off, I have checked and cleaned the fuel filter, the fuel vacuum tap is allowing fuel to pass, hoses do not appear damaged or trapped, air filter is clean, spark plugs are clean and functioning properly. After reading several forums I'm quite baffled as to the cause. Also there was a humming coming from the fuel pump when the throttle couldn't be closed off. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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Check your choke adjustment. Sound to me like the choke is coming on. Loosen the choke adjustment and see if it still does it.

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