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My mower with a 3.5 eager-1 is running ruff?

It will start on the 1st. pull, but run's ruff

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Single cylinder engine doesn't have much adustment that you can play with. the best suggestion is to change the plug, since the mower starts and runs. that is most easiest and cheapest fix.

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