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My 4 yr old l-120 mower is stalling after running for 2 hrs. need to chock it to keep it going.nxt day wouldnt even start had to spray starting fluid in carb to start it..never had this problem b-4..please help also changed fuel filter in winter cause i use it yr. round.

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Make sure the bolts on the head are tightened---if it's sucking in too much air you'll have those symptoms

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