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My simplicity mower dies while I am mowing, then will re-start after about half an hour, full gas tank

Mower dies for no apparent reason, then will re-start after sitting awhile, then will die again later on

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You have dirt in the fuel tank and it sucks the dirt up on the filter that is attached to the pump. After the machine stalls, the dirt falls off and it will restart and run for a few min.

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Try cleaning out your gas cap - if debris gets in the holes in the cap it will eventually cause a suction in the tank preventing fuel from getting to carb and engine. Any doubts, try running with the gas cap off and see if that does the trick.

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