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Replaced head gaskets due to leaking oil and now the governor won't regulate the speed of the engine. All linkages to the propane carb are connected; however it does not move the arm which is connected to the governor to control the speed.

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You might have a broken GLATOR ...
a GLATOR is a white rounded piece of plastic with two metal hands inside and a one side-closed tube between them..its found inside the engine (its the part the pushes the arm your talking about)

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