Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/husqvarna mower


179cc mower. started up first time this year.ran for 30 sec.shut off . started up again .same thing. put fresh gas in . starts with ether only now. carb float bowl had what looked like sugar in it. removed float bowl and blew fuel lines out. carb has a rod that goes across top. do not know how to remove to clean carb. kohler engine model 917.384514

Did you download the service manual from Kohler's website?

The service does a good job covering repairs but it does not describe step-by-step carb cleaning as the manual expects technicians to know the basic procedure.

Your engine should be a Courage XT series.  There are lots of You Tube videos on cleaning lawn mower carbs.  The basic procedures are the same...remove, dis-assemble, blow compressed air through all the carb holes.  Usually replace inlet needle and seat.  Re-assemble and install.

I would take several pictures of the carburetor connecting linkages/rods before and as you dis-assemble so you know how to re-connect them.  

Let me know if the links help.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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