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Weed Eater GTI 15 won't run???

My 10+ year old grass trimmer won't run. I can pull start it but it won't stay running after the first few seconds. I followed the owners manual and replaced the fuel, checked the plugs, cleaned the air filter, and cleaned the muffler. I then tried adjusting the fuel mixture and idle screws with no luck. Any suggestions? It seems to die the quickest when I tip the trimmer head downward for use and give it gas.



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Check the gas lines, one might be bad...

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