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  1. tom3

    Lawn boy smokes a lot

    Letting the crank case gases back into the intake will give a pretty rich mixture on these, and worn carb throttle shaft will allow this too with the enrichment port set up for wide open throttle. I'd change those reed valves first off.
  2. tom3

    Moving from FWD Gas to RWD Electric Dealing with Walking/Turning

    I've had several of both types and if you REALLY need a self propelled mower you need the rear wheel drive. I'm with Mowermike on this one, the lightweight push mower for an average sized city level yard is probably the way to go.
  3. tom3

    2003 Husqvarna YTH1542XP used value?

    That's absurd for that basic mower even with the attachments that look to me like the mower probably isn't big enough to handle. Buy a pretty nice new mower for that money.
  4. tom3

    B&S Quantum starts on first pull, but then refuses to restart unless sat overnight

    That engine with that automatic choke should have a thermostat on the exhaust outlet right at the muffler inlet. Will hold the choke open with the engine warmed some. Might check this to see if it's working.
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    A web page is slowing down your browser

    Do you get locked out of many sites because of the adblocker? I'm starting to get a lot of this with the Ghostery blocker.
  6. tom3


    The backfiring tells you it has spark, fuel and compression. Not at the right time. I've seen plastic cams and even a plastic drive gear on the crankshaft. Looks like you've hit all the other things it could be. Internal?
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    A web page is slowing down your browser

    I wonder if that banner is a sort of click bait, see how many respond by clicking on stop or wait in the message? Has to be some reason for that to continue interrupting the forum.
  8. tom3

    Follow up to “Where the @&$? does this Spring Go”

    Went over to the shed and snapped a picture. Looking from the front just under the corner of the battery. Circular hooked end is toward the rear and hooks into the frame, offset hook goes into the brake rod to pull the brake pedal all the way back up.
  9. tom3

    1982 5hp, spark plug very wet and black, engine popping

    i've also had problems with a valve seat coming loose, runs ok but does what you're describing. The seat can be put in place and staked to secure it. Maybe a 1 in 100 chance this is it - thankfully.
  10. tom3

    Are these blades shot or salvageable?

    That blade looks better than what I've been using for years. Usually takes a couple resharpening to get it out of balance to where it would be noticed.
  11. tom3

    Weed wacker cut off now won't start

    How old is this machine? Sometimes an older unit will have the little gas line break off in the tank where it attaches to the filter, could maybe cause this. Probably not but wouldn't hurt to check that fuel line.
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    Follow up to “Where the @&$? does this Spring Go”

    On my L130 the orange brake lock does not release by itself usually, have to push it back down.
  13. tom3

    Best way to patch this deck without welding?

    You generally want the spark plug facing up.
  14. tom3

    Weed wacker cut off now won't start

    I'd suspect the coil, pretty common failure these days. But I'd also try a new spark plug first.
  15. tom3

    Who runs E10 fuel?

    You're assuming there is pure gas available. Not in this area that I know of except possibly at our little airport, Avgass, maybe? I get what I get and run it in everything. No problems and our 2109 Tahoe has averaged right at 23 mpg since new on BP silver.
  16. tom3

    Engine speed on an mtd push mower

    Being an OHV engine it is a fairly new design motor and the carb is probably built to be non-adjustable and have an automatic choke. Choke would be mostly shut when motor is cold and not running. For speed control you can usually see a spring on the carb linkage that is attached to a metal tab...
  17. tom3

    Battery light stays on & head lights burned out

    I'd guess those bulbs got wet while hot. Don't know the explanation for this but seen it a lot in some of my junk. Are those lights always on when the motor is running? Battery light might be completely separate issue.
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    Best way to patch this deck without welding?

    To swap motors you basically remove the operator cable, put a clamp on the recoil start rope so it won't rewind back more and take the end off the handle bar, remove the blade, take out the three mounting bolts, trade motors. Sometimes the mounting bolts are a tough chore, as said before soak...
  19. tom3

    Craftsman mower won't start. Cleaned carb. What else to check?

    Might take out the plug, spray in some starting fluid, replace plug and see if it starts and quits. If so probably a carb or fuel supply problem. That red round button on the air cleaner is a primer, push it several times before starting.
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    Best way to patch this deck without welding?

    That mower is dangerous in my opinion. I'd find another mower on Craigs list or FB marketplace with a blown engine - for cheap - and do a transplant.