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Crafts mower will stay running

Crafts mower gets hot and will not run fuel cap is good. the fuel line is not too close to the mower

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First...is there any debris around fins on the motor...it a well know place for field mice to build nests and over time gets clogged up. Try blowing that out with an air hose. If what your saying is that after you have been using the mower for awhile...it quits, then the coil could be the culprit.

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I have the same problem.

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