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Not getting gas.been sittihg for 6mounths had gum in float bowl

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Check the tank and line for more contaminates in line. Had the same problem with my tractor. Ended up taking carb apart and cleaning thoroughly. Blowing out gas line and cleaning the tank out with fresh gas before it would run good again. Try to find out where the water is coming from. Mine was a broken gas cap

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