My 17 hp Briggs and Stratton lawn tractor floods upon initial startup. The gas will gush from the top of the carburetor. I have to blow out with shop air to get started. Once you get it going, it will run good rest of day.
By CJ Santee
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Could be the float or the needle that allows the fuel to come down is stuck open. Sometimes the float has a pin hole leak and it fills up inside with gas and opens the needle which allows all the fuel to come in the carb. The seat if it's worn down or dirty will not allow the fuel to shut off so it continues to flow.
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I have John Deere lawn tractor that has a 16 hp V-Twin engine. It has a manual choke. When I crank the mower, the mower runs fine, but gas sprays from the choke side of the carb. I have replaced the needle, cleaned the carb, but it still has the problem. The float is OK. Does any one have any ideas?
By James B
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My lawn mower is Craftsman 2 in one, Mulcher/Bagger, 3.5HP 20 Inch Cut. Model #: 917-383270 S/N: 068726.
I cleaned the carburetor and reassembled it. Then the mower started and I let it run for about 10 minutes. But after I stopped it, I found a lot gas flowed out from the air filter area. I guess the reason is that I did not reassemble the float and needle correctly. I don't know how to make it good. I need help. Thanks.
If you did all of the above your needle is probably sticking. If its a new carburetor kit and you did all of the above tap on it hard with a big screw-driver. If a new kit, re-do the above if not get a new kit. If just cleaning remember the tightening procedure.
If it's a lot of fuel the needle is sticking to the seat. Buy a new one for 15 bucks. Try the above first. A little time goes a long way.
I have a Craftsman Riding mower LT1000, 42 in. cut, 2007 model. It is leaking gas into the bowl where the carburetor is. The gasket is sealing, it's not leaking out there.
I purchased a new "needle" and it is still leaking. I had asked them to order needle and seat, but they only ordered the needle. Do you think it could be the seat I need now?
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