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Won't stay running

My Poulan 21 inch push lawn mower, less than 2 years old and not many hours, has run fine until today. Today started for about 1 second, and then stopped. Did repeatedly. Has new gas. Air filter seems clean. But, was out of oil. So I added oil. Now, does not even start for a second, either choked or unchoked. Ideas?

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You may need to disassamble the carb and clean it thoroughly.

Posted on May 10, 2010

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