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Mower starts then stalls, stalls when throttle is raised

Little silver thing below carbeurator gets hot

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Check your oil filter and oil level. Some have an oil pressure switch that saves the engine but killing spark when oil pressure is too low. That is something near the carb, usually has 2 wires coming from it.

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