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Experience:  I have 25+ years of experience repairing 2 & 4 cycle engines
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I have a Honda Troy built self-propelled lawnmower. it

Customer Question

Hi Pearl, I'm Mike. I have a Honda Troy built self-propelled lawnmower. it starts fine but it shuts off shortly after its running. The oil level is correct. The gas is fresh. The exhaust pipe is not clogged. And the vent on the gas cap is open. What else can it be?
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: Yes The fuel is fresh. And the shut off valve is open.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: If it's something simple like adjusting A screw on the carburetor ,yes. If it involves changing the carburetor, no
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: The lawnmower was working last year just fine
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Hello. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

How long does your engine run before it shut off?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Only a few seconds.
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for your response. Many times this problem occurs if your carburetor is partially clogged, or if there is a restriction in your fuel flow from your fuel tank, to your carburetor.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Are you still there Donald?
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

If you are getting fuel from your fuel tank, to your carburetor, then you likely have either a clogged jet or fuel passage inisde the body of your carburetor.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Sorry for the delay.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Anything else that you can suggest or are you stymied?
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for your response.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Are you familiar with cleaning carburetors?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No, I'm not...
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

I do believe that if you remove your fuel bowl, and clean your fuel bowl and the exposed part of your carburetor underside, this may resolve our problem.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

You can use some carburetor cleaner in can and some compressed air for this purpose.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I was hoping it might be an adjustment screw on the carburetor...
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Adjusting your carburetor will not help.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** try your suggestions tomorrow!
Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Very good! You are welcome! You will need a 10 mm socket or wrench to remove your fuel bowl.

Expert:  Donald replied 4 months ago.

Please keep me posting with your results.