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I have a a 3 year old 32cc craftsman weed eater that runs only with the start lever in the vertical position. As soon as I pull on the throttle it runs for a couple of seconds and dies. I pulled the carburator off of it and it looks pretty clean. I went ahead and sprayed it out with some gumout. I tried adjusting the idle speed but that didnt seem to help. I pulled the plug and it looks ok. I went ahead and replaced the air filter also. Not sure if there is a mixture adjustment or not. There are two black screws in a cavity but I didnt have the proper tool to adjust. The model # is 358.791070. Any ideas?

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Hi bstruska,

If the start lever starts only in the vertical position, perhaps there is a loose connection from the switch to the motor. Then when you change the trimmer's position, it could be turning it off.
Did you check the connections?

Just a thought. I hope you find something.

Thanks,
Handie Andie

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