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4.5 hp 4 cycle Tecumseh new carb, sprays gas out carb and floods plug. Very little feel compredsoon

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Compression should be a minimum of 40 psi.

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Check float in carb probably stuck or sticking causing needle valve to stay open

Posted on May 02, 2017

Testimonial: "Float and needle ok. Why does it spray gas out of carburator while running poorly."

  • Mike decker May 02, 2017

    Float and needle ok. Why does it spray gas out of the carburator while running poorly? Also, feels like very little compression.

  • Mike decker May 02, 2017

    It all began when it wouldn't run unless you kept pressing the primer bulb. Put on rebuilt carburator and now it it starts but runs poorly while spraying gas vapor out of carburator. Also find with a swooshing kind of sound.

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