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I have a JD X300 riding lawnmower that I bought new several years ago. It has a Kawaski engine. The engine is "surging". I have changed the fuel filter, the air filter, and put in new spark plugs-all JD parts bought new from the local JD dealership. The engine stil surges. Any suggestions on what to do next?

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Check the governor linkages and springs. There could be too much slack therein, or a spring may have stretched or broken.

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