Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/My lawn mower keeps dieing


I have an (old) Tecumseh 6hp Legend lawn mower.  She was running OK this morning, but suddenly died, and doesn't want to start again.  When I prime her and pull the starter cord, she runs for maybe two seconds, and then dies again.  I've tried about ten times, and the same thing happens every time.  Do you have any advice please?

Thanks, Colin

This is the classic Tecumseh dirty carburetor symptom.

Search You Tube for "Tecumseh" or "Sears mower carburetor cleaning or overhaul".

You may be able to just drain the carburetor bowl by removing the float bowl nut and cleaning the float bowl nut jet holes.


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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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