Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/John Deere Mower 285


i have a liquid cooled John Deere 285 Mower it will start and run for a few seconds up to about a minute at time. I have replaced fuel pump all fuel lines and filter .Removed fuel cap and still does this even when fully choked.
do you have any suggestions of what it might be, After it stops i leave it set for a few seconds and it will start and then die.

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Have you replaced the spark plugs?  I recently forgot this simple tip and spent hours on a chainsaw trying to figure out why it would start and run for a couple of minutes and then die.  New $4.00 NGK spark plug fixed it...along with almost 6 hours of labor for a 1 minute fix.

Replace the plugs and see if that helps.

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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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