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Help with Craftman 5.o snowblower model @ 536885211

Will only run when pouring gas into carb. Checked fuel filter, lines, sparkplugs, float, cleaned needle, blew out passageways, primer will not **** gas. What can I check now?

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Turn on gas with the carb bowl off and float hanging and see how much fuel flows.It should be a steady stream.Have seen the seat in the needle and seat swell that only lets gas drip through not enough to keep it running.

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