Question about Poulan 42-Inch Steel Deck 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C Engine With 6 Speed

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Runs for 25 minutes then shuts down like its out of fuel

I have the same problem with a 2 year old Wheel Horse XL 380H. I replaced the plug and the magneto. Now the shop says, maybe it needs the valves adjusted. It has the B/S 16hp Intek engine with OHV and AVS. And, mine too backfired a couple of times when shutting it down earlier this season. Crying shame, spend $2300 on a "new" lawn mower and get more problems from it in two years than the 17 year old cub cadet it replaced.

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If blowing black smoke, before exploring costly parts, check the choke, if shut then will send fuel laden exhaust. believe is associated with the throttle/idle system.

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Try taking the plunger off the fuel shutoff solenoid on the bottom of the carb

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