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I have a 22" bolens push mower with a 5.0 hp Briggs and Stratton engine. Despite a clean air filter, clean oil and good spark plug, the mower would only operate at low idle today (2 years old). I removed the cowl near the air filter and found the linkage to be loose. I used a copper wire to tie the linkage and run at full throttle. The mower ran that way for about 5 minutes, but then died and will not restart. Before I tear apart the engine, is this a common problem and it be fixed by replacing a part? Thanks for your help.

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Speed Control out of adjustment if one on mower. You probably bound up the linkage when you removed the engine cover. If linkage is not damaged make sure it has free and clear movement. Your mower carb probably flooded the engine, pull spark plug and turm engine over a few times, ckeck spark plug to see it is not wet from gas. Hope this helps !

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