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First, follow your throttle cable down to the carb. Locate the clamp that holds the housing in place and loosen it just enough to move the cable. Start the mower and adjust the idle by the screw that touches the same plate that your cable hooks to. Then push the throttle control to idle and retighten the cable clamp.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

  • oldtimer11 Jun 16, 2013

    Not helpful at all, the 10640 has a fixed speed engine- no throttle cable.

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