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Gas running straight through the carb, float needle still intact

Gas seems to be running straight through the overflow in my carb. I took it apart several times and comparing the float needle to the service manual it seems to be in perfect shape. It doesn't seem to want to seat, but I can get it to work for a while by positioning it but it always seems to go back to the same problem. Could this be the jet needle? Or maybe the carb itself? Or maybe there is something i don't see with the jet needle. I know there is not much to carbs, but everything looks ok from my point of view, if anyone could offer any insight that would be much appreciated.

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Take your float out and see if it will float if it sinks replace it also replace the needle set.

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