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Runs fine than it acts like it's out of gas but if I move the lever from forward to neutral it gets going again

I changed oil, filter, fuel filter, plugs,fuel punp,and it will run fine for awhile. Everything seems normal than the engine will sound like it is running out of gas or what the motor sounds like if you raise up from the seat. If I put the lever from forward to neutral the engine will come back to lfe again. I thought I could smell gas when it did. What the heck is going on?

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It sounds like you have some debris or water in the carberator. You can drain the bowl easily depending on the style of carb. Most newer units take a 7/16 or 1/2 inch opened end wrench and just loosen the bowl bolt or valve whichever it might be until you get fuel or fluid flow. If there is water or other debris I recommend dumping the tank and flushing the fuel system with a good carb cleaner.

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Had the same thing, clean the hole on the gas cap.

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