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Will a hole in the primer button cause the lawn mower to shut off after it's started for only a few seconds?

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Not typically. Remember some primers have a hole in them to function as a vent for the carb.
Short runs (2 to 3 seconds) are usually caused by a blockage in the carb's main or idle jet.

I hope this helps.

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Priming may not be the problem. First try putting some duct tape over the hole in the primer button. then try priming and subsequently starting it. This could indicate a need for a new air filter...I know it doesn't make sense, but it will probably be the answer to your problem. It was with mine although a different type of mower.

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My washer will start but only run for a few seconds......unless you hold the primer bulb in


The primer bulb has a pin hole in it:
This is what you need:
http://www.mymowerparts.com/partdetail/1079/14606.php

All local lawn mower repair / parts sources have this part in stock. This is a common issue with primer bulbs that you have to hold the bulb in so that it will run. When you do that your stopping it from drawing air through the hole in the primer bulb so it operates normally. Replace the primer bulb and it will be fine.

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Crazy question but where is the primer button on the yard machine 139cc 21" lawn mower???????


The primer button is usually on the carburator of your machine. Most of the time on the side of the carburator , but sometimes on the front of the carburator. GOOD LUCK.

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Lawn mower ran out of gas, after refilling it will start, run for a few seconds and cuts off. There is no primer button for this model.


It would be best to take this machine into a dealer like www.arcolawn.com and have the thermostat checked out. There were some early autochoke thermostats that would stick and cause problems.Best wishesJoewww.barter-joes.com

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What would cause the lawn mower to stop running when not out of gas? If you give it a few seconds and restart it it will run again for awhile then stops. I have noticed if I pump the primer a couple of...


Try using non-ethanol gas. It's death on small engines. Starter fluid gives it a boost if higher octane. Have a reputable repair place clean out the gunk, then use good gas. Best of luck finding non-ethanol. Boating marinas carry it.

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Troy bilt mower. starts but shuts off within seconds.


sounds like you have a primer bulb if you take the bolt that holds the float bowl off and take a tip cleaner that they use for welding tips and clean the holes out of the side and the top it should let the fuel in again that will save you a trip to a service repair shop

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