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My craftsman DLT 3000 with Honda Vtwin won't run unless the choke is fully engaged. As soon as the choke is disengaged it dies. It will only run with choke off with the throttle at the lowest possible setting. What is wrong with it?

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If the choke has an adjustment point, then adjust the choke to a good overall working powerband. If it still doesn't act correctly, look for vacuum leaks. If it is an option, you may want to install a manually operated choke lever.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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Well this could be a couple of things first thing first is check the air filter and make sure its clean you can blow it with air or pore gas over it and clean it make sure you let it dry before reinserting
second im assuming this is the first time you have used it this year if so the gas you have in it hasnt been sitting in it all year has it like anything else gas gets old
third alot of times you can let it run for a while with the choke out then slowly pushing it in
fourth you could have water in the gas remove the tank and empty it remove the spark plug turn the engine 4 or 5 times only bumping it dont hold it down this will blow some of the water out then dry the spark plug off and replace it
if this doesnt help it could possibly be carburetor problems

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

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It sounds like the seat switch is disconnected or failed. Check it out. If it thinks there is no **** on the seat it will cause your symptoms.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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carb dirty, jets partially plugged, float sticking. Not so uncommon problem and is caused by the fuel left in the carb over the winter gumming up (going bad). You can attempt to clean this on your own if you are somewhat mechanically inclined. Search small engine repair and it will give you a generic breakdown of the parts in a small engine carb. If not the, to have someone overhaul a small engine carb will run you about $120 including parts (at least around VA).

Posted on Apr 05, 2010

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sounds like the choke mechanism is stuck in closed position, causing a overly rich mixture, to check this removethe air filter cover, element and housing, there are two nuts and a 5/16 head screw somewhere that need to come off too, then pull off housing and you will be able to see the choke plate, it should only be closed when throttle lever is all the way up. when you determine if this is the pronlem or not you can email me if you want
thisoldtruck2@yahoo.com

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