Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
Have you checked the valve adjustment on the OHV engine? 004 to .006 inch. If valves are too tight, engine will be hard to start when hot, and will lose power. Do you have the old solenoid that you removed from the bottom of the carburetor? Take it and cut the tip off it, and install it as a dummy in the carburetor, do not attach the wires to it.
Yes the spring loaded tip!