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I have an older 12 hp tecumseh engined ride-a-mower I didn't use it for 2 years. This year I replaced the battery and the spark plug but can't get the engine to fire . What should I be doing next??

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Hi, you will need to drain the old fuel and clean the carby including all jets. Regards Phil.

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