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I have a troy bilt tb130 w/gcv160 honda engine. I used old…

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I have a troy...

I have a troy bilt tb130 w/gcv160 honda engine. I used old gas and gummed it up. I took to a fix-it shop and had it repaired. He put a carb kit on it and it worked once. I refueled, but unbeknownst to me, the gas I used had water in it

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

The mower is 3 yrs old, I believe. I had to use starter fluid before I took to be repaired. Now, even that doesn't start it. It sputters and stops

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

If I can

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

The choke doesn't stay put. It slides over and shutsnoff the engine. The repair guy put a wood screw in the housing to block the choke from closing completely

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Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 9 months ago
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Welcome to JUST ANSWER small engines, let me try to help you !! I don't know it all, but maybe together we can get you a satisfactory answer!

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Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 9 months ago

Have you loosened the fuel float bowl on the carburetor , to drain any water in the carburetor?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
the tank was emptied and dry. I put new gas in it, and now it won't start at all, even with starting fluid
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 9 months ago

Have you removed the spark plug and checked for spark?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
cleaned the plug w/carb cleaner. It looked new to begin with, very little residue on it
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 9 months ago

Was there spark at the plug? Was plug wet with fuel? If you remove spark plug and put fuel direct into the spark plug hole and re-install the spark plug, will engine start?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I haventbtried that
Technician: Curtis B., Technician replied 8 months ago

Simple enough to do, and will quickly determine if it is a fule or spark problem. Use about a teaspoon of fuel.

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