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I have 5hp Briggs horizontal engine on my a leaf vacuum, it…

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I have 5hp Briggs...

I have 5hp Briggs horizontal engine on my a leaf vacuum, it runs fine for a while then for no apparent reason stalls just like it has ran out of gas

Mechanic's Assistant: Can you guesstimate how old the engine is? And has it done anything like this in the past?

Just guessing not much over 5 years, it just started, also starts hard, compaired to the Honda on my log splitter

Mechanic's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Most likely, based on my questions you can tell I'm not a SM repairmen, I can manage part replacing, I work as a mechanical engineer

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

Runs fine other wise no lack of power, ideal and full throttle perfect

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Small Engine
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

How long does your engine run before it stalls?

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Is your fuel tank metal or plastic?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Yesterday it ran through a 1/2 tank of gas
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Is your fuel tank metal?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No thanks on the $24 call, time is not an issue, Likly have to purchase parts
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
by the time we get all the optional fees charges I could have taken it to a technician for a few $ more
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

The phone call is only optional. We have customers from time to time who prefer a phone call over typing.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

You and I can continue on this discussion page.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Just email the diagnosis.
Thank you
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Check to see if there is any rust inside your fuel tank.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Metal gas tank, has corse foam filer like material inserted
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Thanks for confirming. Can you shine a light inside, to see if there is any rust present?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Were do I find the diagnosis in box?
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

I cannot diagnose our problem without asking you some troubleshooting questions.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Tank still looks shinny, added Sta -Bil at the end of last season
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

How long do you have to wait before your engine will re-start after it stalls?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Generally not more than 10 min, as I stated earlier it (cold) starts hard, occasionly to the point I use starting fluid
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Thanks for this information. If you use starting fluid, will your engine start back up immediately after it stalls.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
although I only use a last resort
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Is your choke fully closing?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
To about 75% of the throte
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Based upon what you and I have covered, I believe your carburetor is at fault and will need to be cleaned.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I sprayed it with gum out carb cleaner recently
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Did you disassemble your carburetor before using the carburetor cleaner?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Your carburetor carburetor may need to be soaked, and compressed air will also help.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

Sometimes it is best to replace your carburetor rather than cleaning your existing carburetor.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I was just thinking the same, any idea the approx cost
Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

In order to get the cost of the carburetor you will actually need, I will need the model and type numbers from your engine.

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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 8 months ago

I would say $50.00 or less.

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