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Erratic idle, goes up and down constantly

I have a homelite 160cc engine and the idle is erratic, going up and down constantly. It has only been used about three times. The carb is spotless. Any ideas?

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You may try mixing up some fresh fuel mixture at 40:1 ratio(3.2 oz 2 cycle oil to 1 gallon of gas). It sounds like old fuel mixture. The schools I have been to this year all manufacturers have told us gas over 30 days old is considered bad gas.

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