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Remove the plug. Then get a can of carburetor cleaner spray and go to town on it. Be sure your mower is off first, before you remove anything also. Always use the gas/oil mix cleaner type liquid in it every season when you put it away. Especially if you have old gas left in it. It’s also possible that somehow, some water could have gotten into it, so try to be sure you get it totally dried out before you try to start it again. Sometimes you can’t tell that it has water in it because you’ve put it away in your shed or garage. But it can still happen. Happens to us almost every year. It also happens to our power washer. Seems to be a common problem for everybody. But who can afford to go out and buy new equipment every year ? It’s crazy, when all you need is a little repair. It helps too, if you have a handy neighbor around to help you out. Ours puts a sign on his lawn and cares for all of our equipment very cheaply. I’m unable to do it myself, so he comes in very handy for me. And he explains what he does to us every time we use him. Says too….that without realizing it, many of us tip our mowers over to see something and bamm, it gets water in it. Just don’t rush to throw out your mower too soon. Most can be fixed easily. And most of the time…it only needs a cleaning of some sort.

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Use carburetor cleaner to remove deposits, clogs & debris

Luckily, you can take care of many of these problems quickly and easily; often without even removing the carburetor from the engine.

Use Carburetor Cleaner

Next, it`s time to pick up a carburetor cleaner to get rid of the deposits within the carb, which can clog both air and fuel passages and interrupt the performance. Fortunately, you can generally do this without even taking the carburetor out of the engine.

However, it`s important to use a non-corrosive cleaner which doesn`t harm or degrade any plastic or rubber pieces on the carburetor. You should avoid using vinegar, because the acetic acid makes metal susceptible to rust.
You can expect to get anywhere from six to ten years out of your riding mower, or longer with proper care and maintenance.
With engine running:

Carburetor: Spray to both ends of the choke valve shaft while working choke by hand. Spray down and around the carburetor throat to remove deposits from the throttle plate area. Do not spray down carburetor throat with engine off.

If there is dirt or debris in the fuel bowl, it can block the needle valve and prevent it from closing. When this happens, fuel overflows into the carburetor. This causes fuel to flow out of the bowl vents, throws off the air-to-fuel ratio and gets the spark plugs wet.
Spray liberally with carb cleaner – trying to direct the cleaner into the jets – and leave to soak for a few minutes. Use an air line (or a can of pressurised air, sold as an `air duster`) to blow through the jets. Repeat the previous step and this one until you can see no more gunge.

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