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Have a John Deere LX188 with Kawasaki 17 hp FD 501V engine.

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Have a John Deere LX188 with Kawasaki 17 hp FD 501V engine. Runs for a while then dies. Dies after about ten minutes, but will start back immediately, then dies within a few minutes again. Dies with or without PTO engaged. Dies while cutting grass and dies while just sitting in my garage. Have read 100's of blogs. Can't find the issue. Things I've done:
1.Cleared gas cap vent hole, Ran with loose cap.
2. Replaced spark plugs
3. Replaced air filter
4. As engine dies, verified it still has spark at plugs on both cylinders
5. Blew out fuel line
6. Sprayed carb cleaner in main jet
7. Cleaned terminals on seat and PTO kill switch
Nothing has worked so far. Still dies after a few minutes.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
How long before it will restart?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 1 year ago.
The carburetor has an electric solenoid in the base of the carburetor, it plugs the main jet when it is closed. Of it drops out, while running, engine dies like you turned off the key!