I started my Troy-bilt (super bronco) the other day. I almost
immediately started running rough and smoking profusely.
I shut it down and remembered the last time this happened.
Sure enough I checked the oil dip stick and the fluid level
was a couple inches above the full mark. And it smelled
like gasoline. I put a pan under the drain plug, opened the
drain plug and the fluid contents poured out like water and
smelled like gas.
As mentioned, this had already happened once before.
My question is: How can gasoline be getting mixed into
my oil pan ? This same situation once happened to my
I have never mistakingly poured gas into the oil filler, and
I suspect that someone is out to get me - unless someone
can explain a good reason how else this could happen.
On Mon, 09 Apr 2012 13:10:53 -0400, Ralph Mowery wrote:
Wow... Thanks Ralph. I hadn't thought about that. I did ponder
" carburetor " for a moment, but not the float valve. In my paranoia
I immediately suspected foul play. I changed out the oil and did
my mow job, parked the mower. Then ran a length of black thread
across the garage opening ( no doors ) and check it periodically
to see if anyone had 'tripped' it. My next move was to be a trip to
Harbor Freight and buy a motion detect alert gizmo ($16.95).
Then I'd fill my S&W 357 with 38 Sp shot shells and wait for my
Would it help to burn some kind of carburetor cleaner stuff ?
It's a 2006 Super Bronco w/B&S 19 hp if'n that makes any dif.
Thanks again ... ( them shot shells are $15 a box of ten ... too
much to waste ..)
Ima ... ( actually Paul .. ).
Ima Goodguy wrote the following on 4/9/2012 3:28 AM (ET):
Save your money. I have one and it is too sensitive. Sets off the alarm
in a breeze when a leaf moves anywhere in its field of view. I think it
may detect flying insects too. It set off more false alarms than real ones.
You'll find that you will be disconnecting it during the time when you
really need it for your purposes, i.e. at night.
On Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:00:20 -0400, Ralph Mowery wrote:
Another good idea.
I'm not looking to kill anyone over this matter ( if indeed someone is
tampering with my mower ). Just wanna give'em something to think about
while pulling BBs out of their bottom.
I will post a sign.
As Ralph suggested, sounds like it could be the
carb float sticking. You can pull the carb, take off
the bowl and clean it. They have carb rebuild kits
available online, Ebay etc that cost typically $10.
They include new needle valves, gaskets, etc.
The gasket between the carb and intake is usually
not included, so get one of those too. Carb cleaner
and compressed air if you have it to clean it.
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