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After pushing the red fuel primer butten the engine runs for a minute then shuts off.

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This is indicating a fuel flow problem. I would start at the fuel tank and work my way to the main fuel jet on the carburetor. Make sure there is no foreign debris in the tank. Make sure your fuel line is clean and clear of any debris. Small particles can cause huge problems. I recommend installing an inline fuel filter on ALL small equipment. Once the tank and line are clean and clear, remove the float bowl on the carburetor and clean it. The brass bolt that holds the bowl on is also the main jet of the carburetor. I has to be cleaned as well and has very small orifices in the length of it near the top that have to be clear. Use NO metal objects to scrape or clear the main jet. It can be cleaned pretty well with aerosol type carb/choke spray cleaner. Clean the jet till shiny and reinstall. These steps should resolve your fuel flow problem.

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