L120 will not start without starting fluid


Old 05-20-13, 07:08 AM
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L120 will not start without starting fluid

I've inherited a Deere L120 Briggs 22hp intek. Not sure year or exact detals. But since I've been using it as of May 2011, I have to put starting fluid down the intake to get it to start. Once started it runs fine. If I turn it off for more than lets say 5 minutes I have to add starting fluid again. This isn't right and not safe for the wife to be doing, not to mention annoying. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 05-20-13, 07:27 AM
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starting fluid

The carburetor needs to be cleaned for sure,but also it sounds like the choke is not working also.
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Could you apply the model number of the engine on here so we all know which carburetor it has. Thanks.
Old 05-20-13, 09:37 AM
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These commonly need the choke cable readjusted. I don't know if they don't tighten the clamp well enough at the factory or what. Follow the choke cable to the front of the engine and loosen the clamp screw, pull the choke knob all the way out and pull the cable until it stops (you might have to have someone hold the choke knob out while you do this) and tighten the clamp screw.
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Choke butterfly

You might need to clean the carburetor and check that the choke butterfly is moving when you move the choke lever.
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