Question about Briggs & Stratton Lawn-Boy Insight Series 21-Inch 190cc 650 Series Gas Powered Engine Variable Speed Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

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Got a troy built 21" mower with B&S 650 190cc motor.. seems to be fuel starvation..we've replaced the spark plug, and the fuel and air filters..no luck.. electric starter cranks just fine, but will not get engine started.. the pull rope gives the same thing..just seems as though no fuel is getting to engine.. does this model have a carburetor?..if so, where?..the owner's manual isn't worth a damn, and the grass is getting higher.. and higher.. and...

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Check your fuel filter if you have one.
Sounds like you will need to clean the carburetor or replace your carburetor internal rubber parts like the diaphgram and O rings.
Be sure to use compressed air to blow out all the fuel and air passages.
Be careful when blowing out the passages, because there are sometimes small rubber type seats in the bottom of some of the passages.
Sometimes you can get by with priming the carburetor or using starting fluid and letting it run a few times like that and it will flush the gunk out of the jets,but most of the time you will need to rebuild the carburetor.
Keep in mind that the float for the carburetor must be level when you go to reassemble the carburetor or follow the instrucitons you get with the carburetor kit.
If the mower/weedeater is over a year old, then I also recommend that you buy and install a new carburetor repair kit,because the diaphragm will get hard and that will cause it to be hard to crank.
When you clean your carburetor and remove the jet screws, you will first need to lightly seat the jet screws.
But before you lightly seat the jet screws count the number of turns it takes to seat the jet screws from their original position.
Be sure to mark the turns down on a piece of paper.
That way when you put the jets back in, you know to lightly seat them first and then turn them back out to their orginal position before you started.
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Posted on Oct 12, 2010

Testimonial: "great reply.. it WAS a fuel problem..namely, costco gas..fixed carb, now only use shell, chevron, or mobil gas..along with fuel stabilizer. THANKS"

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