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Old 04-08-2012, 07:38 AM   #1
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The front end bushings are gone, it drives like a truck. But.... the REAL problem I'm having is it'll start, run for a second or two, then die with a big puff of smoke. I looked it up, and it seemed the prognosis was the oil tube was breathing. I checked it and it was loose, so I took it apart as much as I could to attempt to get the plastic tube off (attached underneath, red arrow) and then seal it somehow. My problem is, once I got to this point, I can't seem to get this big nut? (yellow arrow) off to continue. I gave up on it last year, so now the gas is probably bad. !$#@#@!#@!
Any suggestions how to proceed? We have about an acre to mow and using my old push (power) mower stinks. Plus, it's old (15 years?) and not running too well either any more.

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Old 04-08-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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You will need an impact gun or hammer driven impact wrench to knock that loose.

What you are describing could be a dirty or stuck float in the carborator--Have you cleaned the carb lately? Mine needs cleaning about once a year---job is simple and seldom requires any parts--Just be careful not to loose any thing---Mike---

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Old 04-08-2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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I don't have one, and I don't see how it would help?
...and I don't even know where the carb IS, let alone what to clean!

Here's a closeup of the "key", a square wedge in a groove half down the shaft and half on the wheel. Ideas?

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With one that old you'll be lucky to get it off without breaking it. Why are you taking it off anyway?
Your going to need heat and a gear puller to get it off.
Looks like it's time for a new mower if it's that old in in that bad a shape.
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I looked it up, and it seemed the prognosis was the oil tube was breathing.
joe: do you actually ever READ these threads before you comment?
...and this mower is only 8 years old.

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Your post says it's 15 years old. That's old for a riding mower.
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once again.... READ THE POST!!!

It SAYS: "We have about an acre to mow and using my old push (power) mower stinks. Plus, it's old (15 years?) and not running too well either any more."

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....and since when is 15 years old for a riding mower? I see them on CL way older than that, running fine!
My father is still using the one he got when I was a kid!!!

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Your post says it's 15 years old. That's old for a riding mower.
I've got a 35 year old cast iron through and through Cub Cadet that I wouldn't trade for anything.
Joe,you post some good information sometime but there are times that leave us wondering?
You need to soak the shaft with some PB blaster and use a gear puller.
You might want to take it to a mower shop and have them pull it because if they break it they bought it.
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Thanks RW, but I no longer have my pickup, so I'd need someone to make a house call.

...and that's exactly what "dear old dad" has too. (cub)

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Maybe I'll post a "help wanted" ad on CL and offer one of my magic boxes as a trade or partial trade? hmmmmm

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Most auto parts store will rent you a puller,hell even go to the small engine shop and ask to rent one?
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Sorry for the miss information---As to the carborator--it's hiding under the air cleaner in front-

Remove gas line and plug up with a pencil--disconect throttle cable---remove two bolts holding on the carb--

Open carb--usually 4 screws hold the top to the body--carefully lift the top off,being careful not to tear the paper gasket.

There will be a float--spray that area with carb cleaner---remove float---lift out needle valve from hole under the float hinge--clean that area with spray--(that hole gets plugged up with crud)

Put it back together--

When the carb is dirty--the mower will start fine but run out of gas in a few seconds because the float bowl will not refill---

A carborator is just like a toilet---
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Any way you should start soaking that shaft,the longer you soak it the easier it will be come time to pull it.
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When you get that off---clean the inside of the flywheel well--it has a contact built into it that runs the magnito---to much rust on the inside of the flywheel and you get no spark.

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