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Engine starts fine, runs for about 1 minute, sputters and then quits. if i wait a while it will start again and repeats problem

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  • dbfelton Aug 02, 2009

    I replaced fuel filter and sparkplug and engine began running much longer, almost 10 minutes. Unfortunately the engine then made loud noise and produced huge cloud of white smoke. looks like i have a valve/piston problem now. i think sputtering was better :-)


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Check your fuel filter to see if it is clogged.

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