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How long has it been since your engine last started up, and continued to run?
You and I need to determine if our problem is fuel related, or if it is ignition related. If you have some carburetor cleaner in a can, or starting fluid, spray a small burst directly into your carburetor, to see if your engine will start up and run briefly.
If your engine does not start up, then our problem is very likely ignition related. Are you familiar with checking to see if you are getting spark to your spark plug?
Ignition Check - Click Here
Open the link above, then scroll to Image #7. This shows a good method to use for checking for spark. The engine in the image is not identical to your engine, but the process for checking for spark is the same.
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If you can get the model and spec numbers for your engine, I can get some carburetor information for you.
Thanks for this information. I will get you some information relating to your carburetor. I believe your carburetor may not be the actual source of our problem, because an engine should start up and run briefly, if you spray carburetor cleaner or starting fluid, directly into your carburetor, even if your carburetor is bad.
Carburetor Information - Click Here
I posted some carburetor information in the link above.
Do you have a multimeter?
I don't believe a fuel shut off solenoid is the solution. That part is sort of expensive.
Your safety switches can be tested with your multimeter. Set your meter for continuity check. If your engine will spin, after you turn your ignition switch to start position, then it is very likely that your brake safety switch is ok.
Check your switches as follows:
Seat Safety Switch
Your Brake Safety Switch is a dual circuit switch. It has your Start Circuit and your Kill Circuit. The procedure for checking it, is the same as for checking your seat safety switch.
Have you already tried checking for spark to your spark plug?
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