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Reserve fuel does not work. Rand tank out of gas, switched over to reserve and could not start it. Had to refill gas tank and switch back to normal then it ran. Have to only run by mileage on main tank then re-gas, cannot depend on any reserve to be avaialble.

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With the age of your machine , you should drain the tank and remove the petcock. If you can take it apart rebuild it. If you have no reserve , either the reserve tube is broken off or the petcock is plugged. It is possible the four hole washer the seals the the lever and diverts the fuel is damaged , worn , or broken. Depending on the over all condition of the petcock replacement of the entire unit may be the best option. At any rate an new fuel petcock would definitely fix this issue. Rebuilding your old petcock is only an option if all the parts you need for it are available.

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