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My tecumseh will not hold revs and is coughing and spluttering

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Sounds like a carb problem there. If you are going to take the carb apart, and before you do, just remove the main jet in the center of the bowl and clear the very small holes in the bowl nut before you try anything else. The bowl nut can be removed and still leave the bowl in tac on the carburetor. If you remove the bowl make sure you check the copper float to see that you don't have a leak in it. If you do, then the float is too heavy to shut the needle valve off thereby causing flooding. Those copper floats do leak and gasoline will get in them. Remove the pin that keeps the float on, then dry off the float and give it a good shake. If there is gas in the float you'll probably see the float get wet with gas or you may hear the gas flopping around inside the float. If so replace the float and the needle valve as well as install a new o ring so the bowl will have a leak free fit when you install the bowl. Take a good look at the bowl before you put it back on. It'll have an indent into it. The indent should be put in place with the float pin. Good luck

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