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Engine will start with starting fluid but will not stay

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engine will start with starting fluid but will not stay running
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: fuel in the tank was new. not sure about the bowel shut off was open
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes
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Customer: new plug new air filter lawn mower has set for two years
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  FSM09 replied 1 year ago.

Hello, This is common with an item that has sat for a while. Any fuel that wasn't drained out of the carb will break down and plug the small ports. You will need to remove and clean out the carb. This includes any small passages as well as the jets for it to work properly again.Once you do this it will start and run great.