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Old craftsman pull cord mower starts and then stops immediately. changed air filter, spark plug, and put new gas in , fuel filter seems clean.

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Your carbs main jet is blocked most likely.

Take the carb bowl off and look at the bolt near the top of the threads.
You should see a very very small hole. If you can see through it you need to clean it with a fine strand of metal wire.

Also work the float up and down to make sure it isnt stuck or unable to flow when the float hangs free.

Put it back together and try it out!

Good luck and be careful!

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