Maybe I am holding it shut but whatever I am holding has to be done for it to keep running and finally take off and run properly. Is this the "only" fix to it? I've had Lawnboy mowers for years and they've run out of gas everytime I've used them and I simply put more in and away I go. Is this John Deere designed different when it comes to this type of issue. In order to get to the part I held shut or open I had to unscrew the top plastic covering. Seems like a strange thing to have to do any time it runs out of gas. I can surely keep it topped off with gas until seasons end but that seems also strange to me. I thought there might be a setting that would either do the procedure automatically or a manual choke, which there is not on this mower. My old LawnBoys had a manual choke lever so I did not have to dismantle anything to see where I had to push.Welcome to the forum, Gary! Are you sure you were holding the choke open? It kind of sounds like you were holding it shut, and increasing fuel draw. When you run the mower out of gas, you empty the fuel system, and it takes time for fuel to get through the carburetor and reach the engine. Closing the choke would shut off air and enrich the mixture, causing more fuel to be sucked in to the carburetor, and enabling the engine to run properly. The dealer may be right in saying that running it out of fuel is causing this. However there's nothing wrong with running it out of gas. To reduce this problem, I'd just top it off frequently during the season and only run it out of gas when you want to store it.
Yes I paid for the carb. to be cleaned as well as anything else they thought needed cleaning related to the fuel flow issue. The mower is about a year and a half old, bought at Lowe's. I have never used anything but good regular fuel in it and never any sort of treatment. It's running fine now but if it were to run out of gas again I am certain the same problem would occur.:ditto:That's also a possible culprit. When you said you paid for a cleaning, did you mean that you had the carburetor cleaned? Also, do you run fuel treatment?