Riding Mower wont start

I have a troy bilt horse xp with a kohler 22hp engine sv620 it will only st art if i use starter fluid. i left old gas on the tank so i drained the tan k and sprayed it out with ether and bleed the fuel lines to the carb i also removed the diaphram and sprayed it out with ether.
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On 4/9/2015 2:17 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

old gas on the tank so i drained the tank and sprayed it out with ether and bleed the fuel lines to the carb i also removed the diaphram and sprayed it out with ether.

Your father and I are both sad to hear this. Our love to everyone there. How's our grand daughters tonsils?
P.S. Did you want some ides on fixing the mower? Pa keeps telling me things to do. Got to run, the smoke detector went off, so it's dinner time.
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On Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:17:11 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

getting spark - - -
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Clare,
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It starts with starting fluid. Spark isn't the problem.
Dave M.
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On Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:58:28 -0400, "David L. Martel"

light starting fluid than gasoline.. But yes, if it runs on starting fluif it most likely has spark.
Better than 90% chance it has a blocked fuel jet in the carb.
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I am not sure about that engine,but if there is a brass 'bolt' holding the bowl on the carborator, take it out and look at the holes in it. There is probably one in the top and a very small one on the side. That one on the side is very hard to see.It is probably stopped up. Take a piece of copper wire or something soft and punch out the dirt. Be very careful and do not enlarge the holes in the soft brass.
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On 4/9/15, 8:46 PM, Ralph Mowery wrote:

stabilizer in the carb. Now I have doubts. If it runs properly once started, it seems to me that the passages must be clear.
Maybe the choke plate isn't closing, but I have another idea.
My Kohler Command takes a lot of cranking to start if it's been sitting 24 hours or longer. I guess that means fuel seeps out of the float bowl, and the mechanical pump doesn't work very well at cranking speed. I haven't seen anything wrong with the washer at the bottom of the bowl, but I guess I should replace it.
If that's the OP's problem, he could prove it with a foot of clear tubing that will fit the inlet nipple on the carburetor. Remove the gas line. Put the clear tube on and use a syringe to add gas until the bowl won't take any more. Remove the clear tube and replace the gas line. Rinse away any spilled gas to prevent a fire, and see if it cranks right up.
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On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2:17:15 PM UTC-4, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

ank and sprayed it out with ether and bleed the fuel lines to the carb i al so removed the diaphram and sprayed it out with ether.
From the symptoms it's likely leaving gas in it fouled the carb. The solution is to remove the carb, disassemble it, thoroughly clean it with carb cleaner/compressed air and put it back together. Thoroughly cleaning it may involve removing welch plugs, if it has them, to get access. There are rebuild kits sold online, Ebay, etc for ~$10 that include new needle valves, gasket, etc. Depending on the condition of the gasket between intake and carb, you may need to pick one of those up, they are sold separately.
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On 4/10/2015 7:24 AM, trader_4 wrote:

Over the years I have had great success in overcoming the effects of stale gas left in power equipment and engines that have been set aside unused for years.
Drain any gas out of the tank, add a cup of fresh gas and add some carb cleaner to the gas and see if you can fire it up. If it works, expect to see a lot of white exhaust smoke and rough running for a bit. Once done, fill it with fresh gas and go about your business.*
Alternative: After winter storage or other prolonged storage, get a can of "Start Your Engines" from Gold Eagle Products. Seems to work as well or better than the first option. Follow directions and then use fresh gas.*
* I have taken to ALWAYS adding Sea Foam Gas Additive/Motor Treatment to my stored gasoline equipment. Recommended by my mower repair service guy. Seems to work much better than Sta-Bil in keeping things running smoothly.
YMMV but the carb cleaner routine would be my first choice in this instance. Cheap and quick.
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On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:17:15 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

ank and sprayed it out with ether and bleed the fuel lines to the carb i al so removed the diaphragm and sprayed it out with ether.
Did you buy fresh gas...or are you trying to start it with stale gas?
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On 4/9/2015 2:17 PM, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

If you want my advice (you didn't ask), I have an idea what is wrong. I've seen similar symptoms in lawn mower engines. You will need to post to the list again, and use the word umbrella in a sentence.
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On 4/11/2015 7:35 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

That almost never works anymore! He needs to use the word "bumbershoot"
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On 4/11/2015 9:20 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:

What a par-a-sol ving peoples problems. We do good, together.
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On 4/11/2015 9:40 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Aarrgh!
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On 4/11/2015 11:58 AM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:>>> That almost never works anymore! >>> He needs to use the word "bumbershoot" >>> >> >> What a par-a-sol ving peoples problems. >> We do good, together. > > Aarrgh! >
I like your diverse vocabulary, know I'm sayin, home?
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"I like your diverse vocabulary, know I'm sayin, home?"
The ravings of a lunatic mind...
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On Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:22:13 -0700 (PDT), bob_villa

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On 4/11/2015 4:35 PM, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

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If it runs fine once it does start, then clogged jets are probably not the problem!!!
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On Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:59:11 -0700 (PDT), " snipped-for-privacy@sbcglobal.net"

likely not blocked - but it could still be a spark problem. Has the OP tried a new plug???
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