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12-23-02, 07:17 AM   #1  
Lawn Mower problem

My lawn mower will not stay started, initially. It is supposed to be primed 3 times, then I should be able to pull the cord and it will start immediately. However, this isn't the case. I need to prime it 9 times. Then when I pull the cord it will fire up then kill, unless I continue to push the primer ball. If I continue to push it, it will stay running after about 20 seconds. If I kill the enigne after 5 minutes, it will start fine afterwards.

What is the problem? Do I have some buildup in the fuel line or something? Is there an easy way to fix this? I have a 6.5 HP craftsman, self-propelled, mower. Thanks.


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12-24-02, 01:54 AM   #2  
Hello Mike!

This is a tecumseh engine, correct? Possibly a Tecumseh marked as an Eager-1. If so... This is what you'll need to do: Remove the screw that holds the bowl onto the carburetor. In the sides of that screw, and down in the center, are tiny holes. Clean them out...use a piece of wire if you need to. Clean any debris or gum out of the bowl itself also. Then reassemble and go! This should do it...if not, let us know!

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