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Every year I go to crank my ridin mower(craftsman), it always has some problem thats developed over the winter.

I'm not very good with motors, but I learn a little more every year because of this. This year I can get it to turn over, but only by adding gas to the carborateur, and then it goes dead. The more gas I add, the longer it stays cranked, maybe a couple of seconds at most. So obviously its not getting gas to keep it cranked. It has plenty in the tank.

Any ideas on what I should look at first to figure out the problem.

Thanks in advance for any help.
-Wes
 

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Ok thanks for the response. Yeah, the gas in the mower was in there all winter, but it had run out(which I read later not to let it do, but too late now. So there wasn't a whole lot in the tank, but there was some. I'll try what you suggested though and see what happens.
 

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yup... or check the fuel pickup tube... it might have developed rust issues if its metal, or rust flakes hav clogged the filter. then... if those suggestions dont work on the top.. try to just buy a new carb, what is the manufactuer and what type of engine
 
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