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Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Lawn tracker runs for 1 min and stop


Dear Eric,

I have an old John Deere lawn tracker 165 that starts but run about 1 min and then stop.  I have replaced fuel filter, spark plug and clean air filter.  Do you think the problem is due to fuel pump?  Is it easy to replace? should I buy the entire pump or some parts?  or the problem is caused by something else. Please advise.

Many thanks.


First check the fuel and vacuum lines before replacing fuel pump.  If possible, disconnect each one, one end at a time, and cut a 1/4 off the lines and re-connect.

What engine is on the mower?

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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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