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Gas flooding breather,cylinders and fills oil pan.

The first mower of this model was returned to sears 2days after purchase with the same problem.I have had this one for a few months with no problems till now.After being parked for a few weeks gas has flooded the breather housing,cylinders and oil pan.

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    the carb is flooding and gas is getting into oil thru the breather tube. any fixes?

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The needle in the carb is leaking by
you will need to remove the carb ad the float bowl and and check for somthiing in the needle and seat and check for damage and that the float moves freeley. then change your engine oil
turn your gas on and watch for leaks

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