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My husqvarna model 580rs mower will not stay running. I can prime with the bulb. It starts and runs about 5 to 10 seconds then dies. I can repeat this over and over. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Monty

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Dirt in the main jet, drop the bowl off the carb and clean the jets.

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