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Why has John Deere JS63 walk behind lawnmower stopped running? Added fuel, checked oil level, switched out the rubber primer and now engine starts, idles for 3 seconds, and then dies. Any ideas?

Added fuel, checked oil level, switched out the rubber primer and now engine starts, idles for 3 seconds, and then dies. Any ideas?

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Sounds like you need to have the jets in your carburetor cleaned.

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