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I forgot to turn off the gas valve after my last use and I came home today to find gas leaking from the engine.  I am sure it soaked through all the gaskets because it hasnt been used in 3 months.   Do I have to rebuild or will they dry out and be alright?  When I tried to start it, gas came out of the exhaust.

I would drain the oil, re-fill, and start the engine.  It will smoke for a while since oil/gas got in the muffler.  You can remove the muffler and soak in parts washer solvent or carb cleaner solvent to reduce the smoking.  

If it runs alright then I would just use the pressure washer...and make sure to turn OFF the fuel valve.


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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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