Question about Briggs & Stratton Garden
Try draining the carb and gas tank into a small plastic bowl and look for water in the fuel. I you have a diaphragm type carb it might just need a new diaphragm and spring.
Did the stumble start right after refueling? If so then your gas can may be carrying some water too. It happens. I have seen gas can with INCHES of water in the bottom! True story. I went to a customers house after she had both her walk behind and rider stop running. She said both were fine until she refueled and then...no start. I looked at her gas can and it was terrible!
If you are trying to clear the main jet you need to get inside the carb and clean from the fuel inlet side. Bowl carbs usually have removeable jets that you can look through.
Good luck and be careful!
Posted on Jul 13, 2010
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