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Engine won't run unless primer bulb is being pumped

At idle it runs fine but once the throttle is advanced it runs for about less than a minute it starts spitten then dies unless the someone is pumping the primer bulb. when someone is pumping the primer bulb while running it is fine upon advancing throttle.

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  • ibcdac Jun 20, 2009

    Thank you for all your suggestions it was as simple as replacing a 5 year old priming bulb with a new one. Thank you all again

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I have the same problem and may have a solution. I looked at the primer pump and it was cracked letting air into the system. When I pumped it my finger was over the crack and it worked fine. When I stopped the crack was able to **** air again. Take a look.

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Seems like a fuel pressure problem, either sucking in air at one of the fuel connections causing it to loose pressure or the fuel pump is faulty on your motor.

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