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3.5 TECUMSEH ENGINE CRAFTSMAN LAWN MOWER. STORED LONG TIME. WOULD NOT START-CLEANED FUEL SYSTEM -GOT FRESH GAS. LAWN MOWER STARTED-HAS A HIGH IDLE NOW AND WILL NOW IDLE AT NORMAL IDEL SPEED. HOW TO CORRECXT IDLE

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Float stuck in open position. When the gas evaporated in it there was a gunk left behind and then It was down and either froze up or there is trash keeping the needle valve from sealing up all the way.
So when you start it gas keeps pouring into the motor. It is suposed to shut off once it gets enough to run on.
Be real careful take the carb off and remove the bowl. And then the float. Take a q-tip and clean the needle valve port ou real good. And clean the rubber tip gently. Then put back together.
When it is upside down the float should be parallel with the carb. That would be the shut off point. You may have to adjust it.

That should do it. When you hook the gas line back up loosen the bowl and let gas in carb til it starts to run out. Then mow.

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