Grass is in dire need of cutting, so I pulled out the mower and got about
1/4 done. It starts running rough and finally dies out. I'm able to start it
a couple times, but it won't stay running. I'm sure that I've got water in
the tank, so I pull off the tank and drain it into a glass jar... Yup. LOTS
of water sitting at the bottom of the jar. I mount the tank back up and pull
the float bowl off and dump the water out of it. I remount the bowl, fill
the tank and DAMMIT, the bowl is leaking...
I clamped off the line, dropped the bowl again and remounted it, making sure
that I dont bump the rubber gasket around. I snug up the brass bolt that
holds the bowl in place, finger tight. Turn the bowl back and forth a bit to
make sure it's seated. It feels OK. I tighted the bolt, release the line and
AGAIN... drip drip drip drip.
Now I have the line clamped off. The washer that goes between the bowl and
bolt is wrecked. I can't cut my grass. Pfft!
So, since I'm here ranting, I have a few questions...
What is that washer made of? It looks like paper, or cardboard.
The bowl has one half that is deeper than the other. I assume that to make
sure the bowl is aligned properly that the low side is where the float drops
Why the heck does the brass bolt have a ball bearing stuck in the end? Not
really sure what the purpose of the machining of this bolt is.
Anyhow... Tomorrow being Sunday, I doubt I'll be able to find the washer I
need. Hopefully that's all it will take to seal up my bowl.
You could fabricate a washer yourself. The plastic from the center of
the lid of a yogurt or container or coffee can ought to be about the
right thickness to use for that purpose and will be resilient and
Try it, watcha go to lose?
Sounds like the needle and seat are leaking, if the needle and seat
seal properly the gas won't overfill the bowl and it won't leak. That
brass bolt is also the main metering jet, the wire in bread ties work
well to clean the little metering holes. I haven't seen one with a
ball bearing stuck in it. To get the grass cut today, buy a 12 pack
of beer and invite the neighbor over after he's had a couple of beers
mention that you wish his mower was more powerful, but you know it isn't
powerful enough to cut your grass...... with a little luck he will show
you how well it cuts your grass, worst case, he loans you his mower
and you have to do the mowing. Be sure to ask him if his weed trimmer
is any damn good......
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