Question about Poulan 42-Inch Steel Deck 17.5 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C Engine With 6 Speed
What kind of engine is used in a Poulan PO16542 16.5HP rider mower? I believe the carburetor needs servicing due to being stored without draining the old fuel. I have replaced the spark plug, checked the fuel lines and filters, and it does start and run for about two seconds when I put a small amount of gas directly into the carb. There is an identification plate on the engine, but it is unreadable.
I suggest removing the carb and taking it to an authorized B&S repair shop, they will be able to I.D. it.
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My name is Dane and I am going to try to help you solve your problem. I believe that you have clogged jets/passages inside of your carburetor. This can happen when an engine gets little use, allowing the fuel in the system to get old and begin breaking down. If fuel is left in a carburetor for more than a year, it can eventually turn into a jelly like consistency, and clog the fuel system.
The other way to block these passages is to allow dirt or other debris to enter the fuel tank. This will be picked up through the fuel line, also clogging the system. The easiest way to determine if you have a clogged fuel system is to remove the air cleaner/filter, and spray a little starting fluid directly into the carburetor opening, and crank the engine. Do not use a large amount of starting fluid. If it starts for a couple of seconds and then quits, you've found your problem. A clogged carburetor. If not, you have another problem. Using too much can harm your engine.
You will probably need to remove, disassemble, soak, and use compressed air to blow out the jets in your carburetor. Pay close attention to how the carburetor is attached to the engine. Make a drawing if you need to or take some pictures. Remove the carburetor from the engine. You will need to disassemble the carburetor as far as possible and put it in some Carburetor cleaning solution. You can get this at any auto parts store. Do not place rubber parts in the solution. Allow it to soak in cleaner as directed, and then blow out the ports and jets with compressed air before you assemble and reinstall it.I hope I've helped. If you found this information useful, please leave feedback as deserved. Thank you! Dane
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