John Deere D110 Riding Mower won't start unless I spray starter fluid in carb

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Old 06-22-16, 08:52 AM
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John Deere D110 Riding Mower won't start unless I spray starter fluid in carb

Hi, all. I have John Deere D110 riding mower with a Briggs and Stratton 19.5 HP engine. The mower is about three years old and has about 31 hours on it. I put some old gas in the mower and it cut out after 15 minutes and now I can't get it restarted unless I spray starter fluid down the air intake and even then it only runs for a second. I siphoned the old fuel out and put new fuel in. No change. I removed the fuel filter and checked for clogs, but there weren't any. I removed the fuel line and tried to start it to see if fuel was flowing, and it was. I removed the carburetor, dismantled it, cleaned it, and put it back in. No change at all.

Bottom line: the engine cranks, it won't start...if I spray starter fluid, it cranks, starts, and immediately dies.

Any ideas?

Thanks
Rich
 
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Old 06-22-16, 09:17 AM
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Put the choke full on, half throttle, and crank it over about ten times. Then take out the plug, choke off, full throttle, spin it over a few times to clear out the combustion chamber. Then stick the plug back in, with no choke, half throttle and see if it will take off on gas alone.
 
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Old 06-22-16, 11:08 AM
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Is the fuel solenoid opening? Did you poke a wire through the main jet in the carb to besure it's clear?
 
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Old 06-22-16, 12:36 PM
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Marbobj: thanks. Can you tell me how to set the choke on this mower? It seems there's only one control, and that's the throttle beside the steering wheel.

Cheese: I didn't run a wire. That might be my next step if I have to take the carb apart again.

Thanks to you both!
 
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