gas tank leaking, troy-bilt mower


Old 05-09-05, 11:54 AM
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gas tank leaking, troy-bilt mower

i have an old troy-bilt self-propelled that i acquired for nothing from a friend cleaning out his garage. he tells me that he hadn't used it for a couple of years, but it always ran well. since he was just going to throw it out anyway, there was no reason for him to exaggerate.

but when i fill it with gas, the gas comes leaking right out onto the mower deck. it runs out quite rapidly.

i hate to pay to have the tank fixed only to find that there are other problems as well, since i don't even know if it will start at all. my question is this: is this the sort of thing that a fairly good around-the-house handyman with very little small engine experience might be able to take a stab at?
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Old 05-10-05, 01:12 AM
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Are you sure it's the tank leaking and not a fuel line, or more likely: the carburetor?
Old 05-10-05, 03:58 AM
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What are the engines' ID numbers? Perhaps, since you said it was old, that this is one of the recall gas tanks from Briggs that dangerously and notoriously leaks.

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