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04-19-03, 05:41 PM   #1  
starting problem

My neighbour is having problems with his garden tiller starting. After it sits for a bit the only way it will start is to pour some fuel in the spark plug hole and then it will run fine. It is a four stroke 5hp briggs. What could the problem be?

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04-19-03, 07:03 PM   #2  
Well, it is definiately a fuel problem. First, make sure the gas is fresh. If it is old, get new gas. Also, clean the carburetor, make sure the fuel line and fuel filter isn't clogged. Good luck.

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04-20-03, 04:41 AM   #3  
If it is a Briggs 5 h.p. with the carb on top of a metal gas tank,
then you probably have a rusted out bowl in the top of the
tank. When you remove the carb, you will find a small bowl
on the top of the tank. It likely has rust pinholes in it, and the
fuel leaks back into the tank, and restarting after it sits for
a while is a big pain. Cleaning and a layer of jb weld has
worked before.

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04-20-03, 08:51 PM   #4  
I agree with all suggestions so far. It would be a good idea to make sure the choke is closing all the way.

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