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Poulan ride on lawn mower will not run by itself--if you pour gas into the intake it will run until the sm amt runs out

Poulan riding mower willl not run by itself--if you ppour gas into intake it will run until it burns the poured fuel off

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It could be your fuel shutoff solenoid is not working or is stuck from gum, varnish or rust in your carb bowl. The fuel shutoff solenoid is located on the bottom of your carburetor. To check it, have someone, or yourself if you can reach the ignition switch, turn the key to the on position and back off several times while you listen by the carb. You should hear a click each time. If not, the carb will have to be taken off and cleaned and checked. You will probably find water and/or rust in your bowl plugging up the main jet. Best to take it to a shop.

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