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Runs good for a few minutes then acts like it runs out of gas.

Spits and sputters . Have to prime the carburetor to get it to start. Also while running the motor will start reving up. Any help would be appriciated

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Have you checked to see if the fuel filter line has been changed in a while ? If not change this , if you are still having problems could be the float or the jet within the carb

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