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I have a craftsman 18.5 hp, 42 inch mower that died the other day while idling. When I cranked it, now it runs wide open and the throttle has no control. "mcolvin@cei.net"

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If you start the engine and there is no control on the engine...the governor is broken/damaged and must be replaced

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