I have a 15-year-old Sears 4hp mower that I change the air filter, plug &
oil each spring. It started & ran fine last week for the first mowing, but
now it acts like it's running out of gas. Runs full fast then slows way
down, back up again, etc. What could be causing this? TIA
On Sun, 3 May 2009 11:21:26 -0500, "Nelly Wensdow"
Does it have the carb with the round fuel bowl that is held on with a
single bolt at the bottom? I had a sears with that carb that did
exactly what you described and it turned out to be a bunch of water in
the fuel bowl. Took the bowl off, emptied it and let some gas run out
and put it back together. It ran fine and then started doing it again
and I repeated the draining and it's been fine ever since. The first
time I drained it you could see the water 'bubbles' in the gas in the
Amen! You can dump what's in the bowl and see if the float turns the
gas on and off. I'd also unscrew the jets to see if they were clean.
If there's no fuel shutoff, you may be able to clamp the gas line. If
the bowl is held up by a screw in the middle, be careful of the gasket.
Be careful of the gasket at the rim of the bowl, too.
And if the float is OK a couple other things to check--is the choke staying
on? Sometimes the cable will become loose and slip a little, the choke will
stay on, and it will run until it warms up. Also check the tension on the
governer spring. They can also become loose (stretched) over the years.
There should be just the slightest tension on the spring with the engine off
(assuming it's the type that I'm guessing OP has).
It would need to be pretty old to use an air vane
governor/rev-limiter. Haven't seen one for years.
I suspect the problem will be fuel system related. If you do have
it starting well and running some, I will guess the flywheel key
is ok. I would pull the carb bowl, but you might just give it a
healthy dose of injector cleaner and let it run. The new alcohol
blend fuel is extremely hard on small engines.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
Actually, a gear driven centrifical governor (spinning weights) . If
the governor linkage from the carb connects to a lever on the side of
the crankcase, that is what you have. Most 2 stroke lawn boys used
the same type, but under the flywheel.
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