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Mower Carburetor Not Getting Gas?

I have a Sears 16 hp twin riding mower. When I went to start it the engine didn't suck gas through the gas line. After cleaning the carburetor the engine sucks gas part way to the carburetor. What do I do? How do I check the fuel pump and where do get a new one?

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By Matthew from Napa, CA

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July 16, 20090 found this helpful

Could the fuel line need blowing out?

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August 8, 20190 found this helpful

The fuel pump works off a vaccum so make sure your vaccum hose is good n has no bad places .

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July 16, 20090 found this helpful

Could the fuel line need blowing out? Or do you need a new spark plug?

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August 17, 20170 found this helpful

Its junk just like my sears riding mower and ethanol kills the fuel system from the filter to the pump to the gaskets and the carb itself. Buy a new mower and don't use ethynol fuel EVER!

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August 7, 20200 found this helpful

I have used my Craftsman 42" lawn tractor for over 25 years... the vast majority of those years I used regular 89% gas ....no problems... I used the same gas in my Honda ATV... but I do not use the ATV often, and it became hard to start... I removed the carburetor, and the metal had turned green. I ordered a new carburetor. installed a new play, and breather, and the problem was solved... I decided it was time for me to switch to no ethanol gasoline. It was only a few weeks before I had a problem with my mower. It cut off during cutting with no warning. I removed the gas reservoir cap, and saw a couple black things floating in the gas. Then I inspected the gas filter, and saw tiny specs of black inside the filter. I pulled the tank off, cleaned it . I also removed the rubber gas lines and found one was eroding at the connection to the gas filter.

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The gas lines are only a couple years old, so I assumed that changing from regular gas to high octane gas must have caused the rubber to break down. I cut off the ends on the rubber gas lines, blew out the lines, checked for any obstructions, and reinstalled them onto the filter. I cut grass almost every day when the weather permits. It is my relaxation... I do have a problem that I had once before, and I can't remember what it was. I can be riding along with no problems and my mower will shut off, with out any sputter . I look at the gas filter and it is empty. I get off , wait a few minutes... the filter is again full, and my mower cranks perfect, and runs for about 30 minutes and the exact thing occurs . Like I stated this happened a long time ago, but I can't remember what the fix was... please someone remind me...

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