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Old 05-31-2011, 07:36 PM   #1
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I am now solely responsible for my house and yard with a shoestring budget. Presently having problems with my lawnmower. I have started a thread somewhere but basically it starts and then dies. It is a 9 year old Toro with a Tecumseh motor. I have changed the air filter and the gas. I think I need to try to clean the carburetor but being new to the machine thing I am not sure what it looks like. I think it is the silver box between next to the air filter and around the corner from the spark plug. Am I on the right track?

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Old 05-31-2011, 07:38 PM   #2
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I would change the spark plug before messing with the carburetor.

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Old 05-31-2011, 07:40 PM   #3
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Wouldn't the thing not even start if it was the spark plug?
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:48 PM   #5
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But what does the carb look like?
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:50 PM   #6
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A fouled up plug can cause problems with how it runs too. The sparkplug is a very simple DIY fix. Cheap too. A carb is a bit more complicated.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:19 PM   #7
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Thanks. I'll give that a try first.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:46 PM   #9
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the carb is the thing with the bowl looking thing under it,most likely full of gunk
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Thanks - your the only one who answered my question. I gave up and bought a new one. When I get a minute I may take the old one apart for the experience

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