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Craftsman riding mower floods after a few seconds

Briggs & Stratton 19 HP model 42E707 type 2631 E1
The choke mechanism seems to open and close properly. There was gas in the oil. I removed the carb, disassembled it and sooked it in carb cleaner over night. Blew out with compressed air the next day. reassembled using new carb and pump repair kit. New plugs, new filter, replaced oil and it starts right up but floods out. I made sure the choke was off. The filter is dripping with gas and if I let it sit a while it will do the exact same thing.

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FYI...just thought I'd give a little back...
had exactly the same mower/plow w/ same issue !
mine is an older L-head from pre-1998...used....
19.5hp 3 screw type diaphram fuel pump carb...
the pic's and how to assemble... I will send if,
you email me... Instructions do not come from
B&S when you buy there part # 694056... = 10$
carb rebuild kit...they want to sell the manual too !!!
sku# 0 24847 26246 9 ...shame on them !
they are selling manual # 27xxxx for 20$...
to tell you what to do ! ....%$#-THEM !!!
I made a pdf...with before and after pic's of
how to rebuild this's quite unique in fuel pump design and simplified governor operation...
running well this 19.5 twin - fan like a 25HP !
the carb kit from B&S is generic...w/extra parts...
I have pic's of the actual ones used/needed for this
carb... Main jet is's a bowl vent !
There are no jet's to adjust on this carb...
only adjust is idle speed post the governor linkage !
also shown functioning in my .pdf...
hit my mail ..... driscoll_at_pzdi_"dot"_com
or visit www _ pzdi _ com

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There may be wear in needle seating in carb .also check float because they may leak in fuel an become heavy and wont shut off

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I have a 17hp B&S lawn tractor that floods out immediately after starting up. I have to blow the carb out with shop air to dry it up and after several times, it will start....HELP!!!!!

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>>According to the Sear Site, this Unit has a Briggs and Straton Model 42E707-2631-E1 Engine Powering it.
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