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Curtis B.
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I have a fr600v. It worked fine last week and it won't stay

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I have a fr600v. It worked fine last week and it won't stay running. When I let off the key, it quits.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Welcome to JUST ANSWER small engines, let me try to help you !! Check the fuel solenoid in the base of the carburetor. Does it have battery voltage when the key is on? It has to open with the key and has to stay open, or the engine gets no fuel.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I don't see a solenoid or anything electrical around the carb.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
How old is the unit? Made in the last 10 years, it will have a solenoid on the carburetor.??? It likely is holding the float bowl on the carburetor.See link.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------http://www.jackssmallengines.com/Jacks-Parts-Lookup/Model-Diagram/kawasaki/22617/1932
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Enigine was manufactured 0211. Still don't see a solenoid by the bowl. If I hold the key to the starter position for a very short time, it sounds like the engine is running. When I let off the key, the engine dies. There is fuel in the filter and I just put anew battery in.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
http://www.jackssmallengines.com/Jacks-Parts-Lookup/Model-Diagram/kawasaki/22617/1932
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
There is not a solenoid, like on the diagram on the bottom of the bowl.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
OK, engine has to loose spark or fuel. Do you have spark when engine quits? Will it start right back up and repeat? What is the full model number of the engine? FR600V-??-??
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Not sure what you mean by, Do you have spark when engine quits?Yes, it will repeat the same start up method.I'm not home right now so I'll have to get the model number later.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
OK, I would like to see what the carburetor looks like and need the model number.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
See the attached.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Looking at the model number, the AS-09 is not shown, only the AS-08. ?? You have just a bolt holding the carburetor float bowl on? Have you removed the bowl and checked the main jet passage, the port through the middle of the carburetor? With engine starving for fuel,the float and needle valve may be sticking or there is debris in the bowl and main jet.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have not taken the bowl off. I can try that when I get home from work and I'll let you know what I find.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
OK,that would be what needs to be done. Thanks!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Curtis,
I loosened the bowl and gas came pouring out so I tightened it back up. With that said, I am almost thinking my problem may be electrical due to the fact the entire engine shuts down when I let off the key from the starter position. Thoughts?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Just a standard bowl bolt holding the bowl? Key switch may be killing the spark when you let up on the switch.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Are you saying I need to replace the key or is there a way to test it?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
It can be tested, you have to locate the kill wire on the switch, and see if it goes to ground when you release the key.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello Curtis,I was unable to work on my lawnmower last night. Hopefully I can get back to it tonight.Thank you,
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
OK, we has three inches of rain last night! Get to it when you can! Thanks.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Good Morning Curtis,I did not get to work on the lawn mower again last night due to family commitments. My goal is get home a little earlier this afternoon and check the switch out which I am a little confused on how to check. I can usually find my way around mechanical issues but electrical is not my strong point. I am in the process of removing the instrument panel so I can get to the back side of the key switch. I'll get back to you later.Thank you,
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
OK,thanks.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Good Morning Curtis,I'm not sure how long I have to ask questions on the same problem but I have not even looked at my mower since our last conversation. I have been moving my in-laws and hope to be done this weekend and get back to the lawnmower.Thank you,
Doug
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
No problem, thanks for reply