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When the mower is started it runs very smoothly. The blow by from engine comes through the valve on side through floor of Carburator housing fouling air cleaner. when air cleaner off oil is sprayed on engine from bow by opening.

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REPLACE THE CRANKCASE BREATHER ON THE SIDE OF THE BLOCK. IT IS A SMALL RECTANGULAR SHAPED BOX AT THE END OF THE HOSE THAT IS ATTACHED TO THE AIR CLEANER HOUSING WHERE THE OIL IS SPRAYING IN

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