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Old 04-24-2018, 08:05 AM   #1
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Gas leak

I got my LX178 out of the shed from having sat all winter and found that I have gas leaking from what looks like a metal sediment bulb which is dripping on to my muffler. Any suggestions as to why I would have this dripping? Any thing I can do to stop it without taking it to the dealer?
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: Gas leak

What you are describing sounds like the carburetor bowl. The bowl is mounted by a bolt up through the bottom which also has a fibre washer. If it was left full of gas it may have deteriorated the washer. You can try to source that washer through a JD dealer but it may come as part or a kit.

Check to confirm that where it is leaking from and you are not just seeing fuel leaking down from someplace else.
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Re: Gas leak

Ayuh,..... Sounds like the fuel bowl is loose on the carb, or the carb's needle valve is stuck,... open,....

Probably oughta just rebuild the carb,....
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Re: Gas leak

My now 24 year old John Deere started leaking gas in 2016, but it is not a lawn tractor...its a old tiller. I removed the leaking bowl, cleaned it out and flipped the washer over.

My JD carb bowl is still dry today, no leaks from it. Just got lucky I guess. Love my old Deere. I have not spent one dime on it in 24 years except annual oil changes/spark plug in its old Tecumseh engine and have worked it like a pair of mules. Not even a drive belt changed.

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