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My JS60 is also fouling plug...

Very frustrating! Just completed a full tune-up, including a new magneto. I've also noticed (more than normal?) black smoke from exhaust on initial start. Am wondering if OHV's aren't seating properly or if ring is allowing blow-by, and if this might be contributing to fouled plug.
Also, can't find any kind of fuel filter. Not even a screen inside the fuel tank. And choke seems to be OK.

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The John Deere JS60 does not use any kind of fuel filter.Some of the newer ones had a thermal switch near muffler that would allow air vane to shut choke off when warm.Had a couple new out of box with choke not releasing or stuck half open.So if you have one of the newer ones your choke will not open until muffler gets hot,could be where the black smoke comes from.

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Check the carb float it might be stuck or the needle might be worn

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Check the gape in the plug

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