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My lawn mower tries to start but then dies shortly thereafter.

I prime my lawnmower and it will run for about 5 seconds and then die. Do you think there is something wrong with the carburetor?

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Probably. Does it start after you push the primer and then die? If so, yes, it's the carb. For any more info, I'd have to have the model and type #'s off the engine. Dwain

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