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I have a craftsman 5 horse chipper/vac and i cant get it to stay running. it fires and runs for a second but then dies. what can i do

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Focus on the carburetor main jet.
On a float bowl carburetor, remove the bolt holding the bowl to the carb body. This is the main jet, clean the jet with spray carb cleaner, and also spray upwards into the center of the carb.
I have listed some basics to double check, not all may apply to your application. If you need more detail let me know. rwvanlue

Fuel Related issues that take a certain amount of time to appear
Depending on make and model of mowers:
a) Fuel tank outlet plugged (some have a screen filter,
some are 90' angle and plug with rust and debris inside the corner of fitting)
b) Fuel lines collapse when they are routed thru fasteners and between frame and seat decks
c) Fuel cap vent clogged
d) Fuel filter clogged
e) any fitting that has an orifice that can trap debris or rust will eventually become clogged
f) fitting on the side of the carburetor
g) some systems have a filter inside the line at the opening of the carb inlet
h) fuel pump
i) vacuum hoses to fuel pump
j) debris under inlet needle/seat on carb

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