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When we pulled the lawn mower out of the garage this past Spring, it started right up and ran great!!

Fast forward to last week. We had no rain for 3 months. So we didn't use the lawn mower. When it finally rained and the grass grew, the lawn mower refused to start!

It is a troy bilt. Easy start so no way to prime it, no adjustable choke. It sounds to me as if it is not getting any fuel. It fuel in it is fresh.

I changed the plug and air filter today. It has a full tank of gas and oil.

It won't start. I don't even know how to squirt gas in the carb cause I can't see it!

HELP!!

Karen, RN
 

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Welcome to the forum, Karen!

We have some pretty savvy Toro members here. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them :confused:

Friday is a busy time for many of us, but I'm sure someone will come along and help you out.

Glad you found us and we hope you enjoy the forums :D
 

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First off, welcome to MLF! Its nice to have you.

OK, now down to business. Sounds like dried up fuel leaving gunk in the carb. Your float has a needle and seat attached to it and it may be stuck shut. I don't recommend abusing your equipment but some times if you LIGHTLY bounce/rock the mower, assuming it is a walk behind, it may free up the float. Otherwise you will need to at least drop the bowl off of the carb and clean it out, worse case remove the whole carb and rebuild it. Before that though you could verify you are getting fuel to the carb by removing the fuel line from the carb and see if fuel is present. If this is a riding mower, you may have a fuel pump and you would need to turn the engine over checking to see if you have fuel getting pumped to the carb.

If you need to pursue this further post your mowers model # as well as the engine model# and series and code#s as well, that way there is no confusion on what you have.
 

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I have to work this morning. But according to the operator's manual it is a TB110 or a TB130. It has the B&S engine, not the Honda.

I get off work at 6pm.

Thanks!!

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You say you have fresh fuel to it. Did you just add it to the 3 month old fuel that was in the tank? You are going to have to remove the carb bowl and drain and depending on what mix of fuel you have in the tank now, drain that out.
 

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Is it a TORO or a Troy Bilt?

If you can find the model# type# and code# on the engine that would be helpful. It would be located on the engine cowl (metal shield around the engine) Its either stamped or on a tag.

lzn197 had a good point, did you add new gas to old gas or was the tank completely dry?
 

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Chances are, it's time for a carb rebuild. Dropping the float bowl and draining the gas is fine, but be aware that a lot of times the o-ring that seals the bowl to the carb either breaks or swells up and won't reseal and you wind up with a fuel leak. Here's a walk through on removing the bowl. It shows the steps on a pressure washer, but your setup will be the same. Disassembly, Cleaning and Repair of Briggs and Stratton / Walbro LMS Carb on Briggs Engine 125K02 0137 Use the wire from a twist tie on a loaf of bread to clean the passages in the brass bowl nut.

If you have some vice grips be sure to pinch off the fuel line, otherwise you could have gas running out of the carb the whole time the bowl is off creating a mess, and a fire hazard.
 

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It is a TROY BILT push lawn mower.

Build Date: 04/10
Serial: 1004235694262
Engine family: ABSXS 1901VH

The gas tank was empty. So the gas in it is fresh.

Thanks!!

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took the bowl off and cleaned the ports! Put everything back together and was able to start the mower with one pull of the cord!! As of right this minute it is running.

I did NOT take the carb out so may have to do that later.

THANKS!! :D :D :D

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Thats great! Just keep an eye out for fuel leaks as the gasket/o ring on the bowl can breakdown and once disturbed won't seal properly just as themidniterider described.

Adding a little Seafoam to the gas can help clean the carb up as well if its not to dirty.
 
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