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Continuously stalling and extreme difficulty restarting.

The lawn mower is very difficult to start; it takes several pulls to start. If the mower is level when mowing it will stall out and it can take several minutes of pulling the starter cord before it will restart. When I turn the mower off to empty the rear bagger I have an extremely difficult time getting the mower restarted. Some times it would take about 5-10 minutes to get the mower going again. The spark plug and filter have been replaced. The carburetor has been cleaned and the float seems to be working. The bottom cup under the carburetor has been cleaned. Any suggestions other than dynamite

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  • jimmym47 Jun 27, 2009

    Thanks for all the help and explaining in detail what needs to be done.



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The brass "Bolt" that holds the "cup" on the bottom of your carburetor is also the main fuel metering jet for the engine. Get yourself a can of automotive carb cleaner, the aerosol type that comes with the small red plastic tube on the side of the can. Remove the "Bolt" and "cup". (Tip: tilt the carb side of the mower UP about 45 degrees and support it with whatever you have, wood, bricks etc. This will help stem the flow of gas from the tank while you have the "cup" removed.) Examine the "Bolt" and you will see one or two small holes in the side of the "Bolt" between the hex head and the threads. These are the metering orifices. Use the carb cleaner to throughly clean the "Bolt" orifices. (Tip: DO NOT attempt to 'drill' the orifices clean) Next, use the red plastic tube to spray carb cleaner up through the hole on the carburetor that the "Bolt" screws into. Be liberal with the cleaner. Finally, clean the "cup" with the spray one more time for good measure. Put everything back together. (Tip: easy does it on tightining the "Bolt") Level the mower, check for leaks and verify the oil level is OK. If the plug and air filter are up to snuff you should be good to go. (Tip: how old is your fuel? You should keep it around for only about 30 days unless you use fuel stabilizer. These little engines LOVE fresh fuel) Good Luck.

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