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MY Kawasaki FH500V commercial lawn mower engine won't start.

I use this mower almost everyday to provide for my family. About 3 weeks ago I noticed that it was emitting more smoke when I start it up than usual. Then I noticed that it would take longer to start as I turn the ignition key. Then I had to turn the ignition key multiple times for it to start. It gradually lost power and ran weaker the last few times I used it. And the last time I used it, the grass I was mowing was pretty high and it stalled out over and over again. But it started up after every time it stalled while on the lawn. The next day it didn't start and hasn't since then. PLEASE HELP!!!

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Try cleaning the throttle body. If it runs on carb-cleaner being sprayed into the intake then you have a fuel delivery problem, if not you'd be more inclined to more serious mechanical failure. I assume if you use it every day you do the regular oil changes, air filter cleaning, and air-cooling system cleaning, correct? Please indicate if you had a white smoke, blue smoke, or black smoke from the mower too. The motor spins freely when attempting to start, and just doesn't fire, correct?
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