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Old 05-10-2011, 10:50 AM   #16
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Solved it! The new coil helped, as well as all the tinkering I did last summer. This summer while experiencing the issue, I observed the throttle lever oscilating with the idle. While doing some PM on the mower 3 weeks ago, I moved the spring up to the top hole on the lever and (knock on wood) it has fixed the issue! No issues at all since then!!!

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Old 05-10-2011, 05:53 PM   #17
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While perhaps great for the environment, ethanol is killer for small engines so see if you can buy gas without it for mowers and things.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:11 PM   #18
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Agreed. I NEVER run ethanol in my mower- it absorbs more water at a faster rate than straight gas, rots soft fuel system parts, and (in my experience) costs more per mile driven (or lawn mowed in this case).
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I have a friend in Western Iowa farm country that picks up incredible deals on lawn tractors and things and sells the frames, decks, seats, batteries and things for parts on eBay and Craigs List. The engines, on nearly all running ethanol are totaled and shot, in a couple of seasons. His John Deere thing, with new deck to replace the rust and so forth running just on gas without it will probably go forever.

The problem is, especially in Iowa, suggesting Ethanol might have drawbacks can get a man hung. And of course the great American boondoggle that convinced us Ethanol was good, makes it hard to find fuel without it. What a joke. I am the quintessential leftwing tree hugger but how can fried small engines done in in half their expected lifetimes and dung heaped and landfills be a good thing.
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I was talking to a couple of my cousins a few days ago who are small engine mechanics. I mentioned that burning gas with ethanol was bad for small engines. One of them responded with, "Where do you get it without it?" I really had no answer.
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I was talking to a couple of my cousins a few days ago who are small engine mechanics. I mentioned that burning gas with ethanol was bad for small engines. One of them responded with, "Where do you get it without it?" I really had no answer.
Yeah I know. And it is a shame there is not a pump for just small engine gas at stations. But it would probably cost $12/gallon since it would be like single malt scotch or something.
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I have started something this year I have never done before though. I bought some gas preserver to mix with my gaas for my small engines.
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http://www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62932

The link above explains problems caused by ethanol and why. This is aside from the fact ethanol contains less power per pound/gallon than a non blended gas. When comparing E10, E15, E85 etc to gas go one step past mpg and calculate the cost per mile.

I use Seafoam on anything thats stored with gas myself. Sorry to continue off topic.

Either way, I can assure you that ethanol had nothing to do with the Toro acting up in this case.
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I have started something this year I have never done before though. I bought some gas preserver to mix with my gaas for my small engines.
Good idea. Been doing that a few years myself. Doesn't always seem to help. When the heck is someone going to expose this ethanol BS for what it really is???

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