Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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Since you are having to keep it choked in order for it to run, is sounds like the jets in the carburetor are stopped up or partially stopped up anyway. If you will remove the bowl from the bottom of the carburetor you can clean the holes that are in the nut or bolt that holds the bowl on these holes serve as the main jets for the carburetor. There will be three or four holes depending on the age of the unit, two will run parallel to each other in the bottom sides of the nut, one will be right at the threads on the nut, either just below the threads on older units or just above the threads on newer units, then the other will be right down through the top center of the nut or bolt on newer units. Make certain that all of these holes a thoroughly cleaned and it should solve your problem.
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