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Old 05-25-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
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Snapper rear engine rider


I picked up a Snapper Rear Engine Riding Lawn Mower for $100 dollars
It runs and it cuts but it has to be started with a spray of Gumout in the carburetor...I figure little by little I can bring back to working order
I took the carburetor apart and it's rough could not get the main jet out and just the over condition of the carburetor was bad
So now I just want replace the carburetor with a new one...I been in touch with Snapper and Briggs and Stratton and the carburetor I need is Briggs & Stratton #495782 which is actually a Walbro LMT 5-4993
Except a new carburetor is about $150 and to honest I can see spending that much on the carburetor for a circa 1999 Snapper
I mean I can get a used one on eBay for about $25 to about $65 I probably get the one listed lower although I haven't seen any to buy now they are all bidding
What I want to know if I can put on carburetor that's new for about $15 to $25
Its a pull start although it has parts to be an electric start it has all the parts except battery and starter motor I think! Haven't got that far yet.
I would guess with a new carburetor it would run with out the Gumout spray I hoping
The carburetor has a choke on it operated by a lever near steering wheel and a throttle mechanism
I guess that's why they want $150 for it
Thanks for any suggestions you may have
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Old 05-26-2016, 06:56 AM   #2
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A garage kept, used to mow 1/2 acre or less, with regular oil changes Snapper probably has a 25 year life span. Mine is a 2001 and as long as I can pull that cord I will probably keep it.

You may be able to clean the carb well enough to get it running. Mixing a small proportional amount (per gallon) of injector or gum out in the gas may even clean it. Use Stabil in your gas or buy 100% Gas.

I fully investigated converting to electric start and quit when I realized I had to replace the flywheel; adding a ring gear to the existing was not an option. The starter, not OEM, is on Amazon for about $35.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:37 AM   #3
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Well I hope this one lasts as long its been abused but I feel it will be alrite I changed the fuel put a shut off for gas added a new filter now all I got to do is get a carb
And got a muffler for it didnt have one and an air filter didnt have that either
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Old 05-30-2016, 04:36 AM   #4
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I've been looking for a carburetor a new one costs $150 It's a Briggs and Stratton # 495782 or Walbro LMT 5-4993 (what the LMT stands for is beyond me)
I looked at eBay and have been bidding on them but I always get outbid at the last minute there are only a few of them coming up I don't want a buy now because they are used and the asking price is high...
I guess that goes with territory it's a rare carb...just my luck
Anyway my question is why can't I buy now on eBay a different model...new
I have been looking at models with a separate choke and separate throttle like the Briggs and Statton/Walbro model that are new for like $16 with free shipping
Does it really matter or should I stick to the model it's called for?
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:11 AM   #5
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Which engine do you have? There seems to be a lot of subs for just about everything.
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:56 AM   #6
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Briggs and Stratton
195702-0402E1
OR
Model#195702
Type#402001
Code#9504211A
And it calls for a carburetor
Briggs and Stratton 495782
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Walbro LMT 5-4993
Thanks Mike
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:45 AM   #7
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Those are a bit pricey.

Did you try some PO on the jet and let it soak?

Have you seen this:

Note the comment that a corroded mixture screw can cause problems.

Though you have to rinse and dry them very well a tip I saw for pine-sol and water 50/50 in lieu of carb cleaner worked very well for me. I would not leave an open container of carb cleaner in my basement but the pine-sol is harmless. Made all the parts look like new after a few days of soaking.
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Old 05-30-2016, 11:18 AM   #8
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The bottom of the carb is all corroded
Its pretty much toast
The bowl screw wont tighten because half the threads are gone
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So if you could figure out what carb would work it would be great thanks Mike
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Old 05-31-2016, 07:06 AM   #10
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From what I see on Google there are no cheap options. Parts are plentiful if you want to try a rebuild. For new, $145 on Amazon is the best 'in stock' price. Small Engine Repair shows it at $107 but is out of stock or discontinued.

If the mower is not knocking or throwing oil, I would probably bite the bullet and buy new. The Snappers are hard to kill. If you got 5 years for a $250 expenditure that's not a bad $ factor.

You might try searching by engine number not card number.

edit: one site says this works

Briggs and Stratton 692684 (replaces 696461)
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Thanks so much for help I read your post and I got the same carburetor that was on the motor a Walbro LMT 4993 its used but fairly new for $57 including shipping on ebay so its a third of the price on new one

But atleast I know it will fit
The engine now misfires but I think the new (used) should take care of that
I'll come back to this thread when I get in the mail and put it on
I should get it on 6/8/16 I am hoping for the best!!
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Well I got new carb and put it on the engine
It started with a spray of Gumout and ran just alittle bit and stopped running
I am thinking it may not be getting gas now I changed the fuel line put in a shut off and new filter I wonder if it is fuel filter it didn't have any direction arrow on it
But if I remember correctly I had it running with old carburetor and new fuel line, shut off and filter
Hmm any suggestions?
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:06 AM   #13
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Loosen gas cap and try it. You do have the screw vent open on the cap?

Is the air filter reasonably clean?

Most of these are gravity feed. Some models do have a fuel pump. Your model number is listed in my owners manual as the same model line and mine is gravity.

Take the gas line loose from the carb and make sure gas is flowing. I once spent hours with a generator figuring out that there was gunk in the tank connector and all it needed was cleaning.
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:33 PM   #14
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Yes I tried all that even cut off tip of solenoid on carb bowl since I dont have wire for it but now I got a major problem when I pull string the engine it locked up
I am wondering if the engine might have some internal issues
Broken connecting rod
Stuck piston
Maybe transmission is stuck out of neutral
I took it apart down to the shaft nut and I had it turning a little bit
I took out spark plug just in case engine got filled with gas it would come out
I am hoping for the best will check clutch mechanism on shaft next
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