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My Deere tractor with a Kawasaki FC540V engine will start…

My John Deere tractor...

My John Deere tractor with a Kawasaki FC540V engine will start and run for about 30 seconds when sprayed with starting fluid. I just attempted to clean the carb but still have the same problem. How can I test the fuel pump?

Mechanic's Assistant: When did you last clean or perform maintenance on your John Deere tractor? How old is it?

It’s 1989. New carb in 2019. I change the oil regularly, clean the air filter and changed the spark plug when this problem started in the winter. It did sit idle for about a month before the problem started.

Mechanic's Assistant: How long has this been going on with your John Deere tractor? What have you tried so far?

Changed out the gas, changed spark plug, cleaned the air filter. Itks been going on for about 2 months.

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

I’m afraid that I got some bad gas in there. Today I took off the carb and cleaned it, I think I cleaned the jets but may be missing something.

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3/8/2021
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
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Hello.My name is ***** ***** I have been a technician with John Deere dealerships for 18 years and hopefully I can offer you some assistance.
I see that your fc540 kawasaki will only start with starting fluid.Is that correct?
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Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
You want to start with removing the fuel hose that runs from the fuel pump to the carburetor
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Runs about 30 seconds and dies.OK. I did that.
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
Ok.Lock the park brake down and turn the key to see if fuel pumps out of the fuel pump
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Fuel came out of the hose. Strong flow at first then reduced to a dribble.
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
Did it reduce to a dribble while the engine was still turning?
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Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
Ok.You either have a bad fuel pump,or you have a restriction in the line that comes from the tank
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
OK. Gotta take some parts off to trace the line back.
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
What model number is ***** mower?Gt275?185?
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
It's a 260 Garden Tractor. 1989.
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
Gotcha.You could blow a puff of air back through the line and see if it's clear all the way to the tank
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Can't get any air through there. Even tried on both sides of the pump.
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
Ok.You have a blockage either in the line,or the pickup tube that goes into the tank
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
OK. I'm working my way back from the engine.
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
Great.Keep me updated
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
It will take awhile. Should I just text back to this number if I have further questions?
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
I will be here if you need me
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thanks.
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
No problem
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I disassembled the tractor and found that the pick up tube was clogged. I cleaned it reassembled everything and the tractor runs great. Thank you!
Technician: EricN910, Small Engine Technician replied 1 year ago
Perfect!Glad you got it going.The old 260 lawn tractors just keep on going!
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