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Riding mower fails to get gas fast enough to keep it running; floods when off.

That's pretty much it. I cannot fathom how i must have adjusted the richness screw to make it do this... After a few seconds of being off, the 8 horse Briggs & Stratton starts on the first pull. It runs beautifully for a short time--till it uses all the gas that has trickled in from the tank. I left it over night and the whole gas tank had emptied into the chamber--albeit too slowly to have kept it running when I wanted to cut my grass.

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Sounds like you better check your oil level to make sure this engine isnt overfull now with fuel - if your tank drained, the needle and seat may be bad or else the brass float is bad - get back to me and well get it running right

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