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Starts but doesn't stay running

I prime my yard machine tiller, it will start and run for approx. 5 sec., then stall out, won't stay running, but will start if I prime again

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I would say faulty gas .. I had same issue with a push mower and found that water had gotten in the tank some how.. same symptoms..

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Carb needs cleaning and also replace air filter

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