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While mowing idled down due to phone call then mower died. Now all is dead even boosting it. Only thing clicking is fuel valve on carb. All handles and blades are in start pos.

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    Hi Derrick prejean, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box? Need Make/Model/Year/Engine Model/Transmission Model/Deck Size, and hours on meter if you have one. A short description of the events preceding the beginning of the problem is also helpful.



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This is a basic lawn mower problem that haunts all the little gas engines in all makes and models of lawn mowing equipment....stalling and hard starting due to fuel problems stem most of the time from dirty, varnished fuel that has been left sitting inside your mowers fuel tank, fuel lines and carburator.
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So when you start it gas keeps pouring into the motor. It is suposed to shut off once it gets enough to run on.
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When it is upside down the float should be parallel with the carb. That would be the shut off point. You may have to adjust it.

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