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Old 11-11-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
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i have an old generator with a briggs and stranton 5 hp engine on it. its old but runs great. this morning i went to start it and on choke it runs great but when i shut the choke off it kills the engine. any body have any ideas where to start to fix this. thanks spurrowl

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Old 11-11-2008, 08:50 PM   #2
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I'd start by checking your fuel line and with a new fuel filter.

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Old 11-16-2008, 08:41 AM   #3
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If the carb has a float bowl, remove it and see if your pilot jet is clogged. If it is, don't use a drill bit or anything else to clean it that would enlarge the hole. Instead, cut one bristle off a wire brush; they work great to get the gunk out and is small enough to fit the tiny orifice.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:25 AM   #4
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I have the same motor for lawn mower

the startup went ok but 2-3 secs later it dies


I started pusing gas primer[upon advice] during [just right after start up] and bingo motor stayed alive and no longer needed to do more pusing after motor starts again

there seems to be an air leak for pushing the fuel into the motor


low pressure

So deffo fuel related with your problem, spurrowl
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:25 AM   #5
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I have the same engine for my rototiller. The spark when I turn over the engine is very weak. I was wondering if the ignition module is faulty? I've check the air gap and it is correct. The contacts are clean.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:19 AM   #6
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The carburetor is dirty, remove it take it apart, clean it with carburetor cleaner and rebuild it.
Main reason, using ethanol fuel without adding an additive to counteract the effects of it or using non ethanol fuel.

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Ethanol will damage plastic but it is much much cleaner then regular gas. It has been known to loosen old deposits that clog engines but it has nothing to do with the ethanol being bad in anyway.
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Holy thread necro!
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Doh, yeah no kidding. All threads should lock after a period of no posts.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:17 PM   #10
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opening in the bowl nut might be blocked as suggested I use a small needle from sewing kit should be able to blow thru it when clear...anybody with a float bowl on any type engine has this item and needs to be maintained and bowl cleaned out in the start up seasons
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