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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:53 am

dewey-1 wrote:Here is some more ideas for you check into:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 035AAKKX4J


I just read over those answers, the one stateing Briggs and Stratton doesn't use floats anymore made me laugh.

Anything over 5 horse power and more has a float type carb. It's the smaller HP engine that use vacu-jet/pulse-jet type.
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Unread postAuthor: Gippeto » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:15 am

As a side note, I once had to work on a mower belonging to my employers friend.

He had previously hit a rock with it and replaced the shear key on the blade hub with one made from steel.

The next time he hit the rock, the ALUMINUM key on the flywheel sheared. (it took me a while to figure this out)

It immediately began running like crap. Then refused to re-start.

Have you tried pouring a small (1tsp) amount of fuel into the carb throat? What happens when you do this?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:17 am

Gippeto wrote:As a side note, I once had to work on a mower belonging to my employers friend.

He had previously hit a rock with it and replaced the shear key on the blade hub with one made from steel.

The next time he hit the rock, the ALUMINUM key on the flywheel sheared. (it took me a while to figure this out)

It immediately began running like crap. Then refused to re-start.

Have you tried pouring a small (1tsp) amount of fuel into the carb throat? What happens when you do this?


Kicked back while pulling the starter cord didn't it. Yank it out of your hand? A parshily sheared flywheel keys do this, also makes it really hard to get the flywheel off as well. Binds it up at the key way, i've broken pullers removing flywheels in this situaction.
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Unread postAuthor: Gippeto » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:46 am

Kicked back while pulling the starter cord didn't it. Yank it out of your hand?


Why yes...yes it did! :lol:

I grew up on a farm, have worked with engines and "things mechanical" for most of my life, but I have only seen that the one time. :)
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Unread postAuthor: potatoflinger » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:14 pm

Gippeto wrote:As a side note, I once had to work on a mower belonging to my employers friend.

He had previously hit a rock with it and replaced the shear key on the blade hub with one made from steel.

The next time he hit the rock, the ALUMINUM key on the flywheel sheared. (it took me a while to figure this out)

It immediately began running like crap. Then refused to re-start.

Have you tried pouring a small (1tsp) amount of fuel into the carb throat? What happens when you do this?

The same sort of thing happened to one of our mowers, my dad hit a piece of metal that was sticking out of the ground (no clue what it was there for) and it broke the blade clean off the mower. That happened to be an interesting day...
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