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#1 jdslednut OFFLINE  



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Posted January 12, 2011 - 10:34 PM

Just got done blowing with my Ariens walk-behind when she started to run horribly. I'd bang it around a bit and it would run fine for a few seconds then again like it was choking. Seems as though it was hungry for its choke plate screw and was sucking the choke plate into the carburetor. I can only hope the screw found its way out through the muffler. ARGH!

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 06:58 AM

Hope nothing was damaged.
Seems like these Tecumseh engine always have carb problems



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Posted January 13, 2011 - 08:32 AM

With any luck, it sound it's way out. May be worth pulling the plug & looking in to see if you can see it. If it's still in there, Lord only knows what trouble it can get into.

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 08:48 AM

That happened to an Onan I had once,But it was an air cleaner screw,and that screw got caught in the intake valve.It didn't hurt anything,but it sure could have.

Edited by mjodrey, January 13, 2011 - 09:26 AM.

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 08:56 AM

I had the same thing happen with an Onan with one of the srews that hold the air cleaner housing on to the top of the carb. The screw was just big enough to catch in the intake valve and hold it open. When I was farming the old John Deere 2 cylinders would once in a while eat a butterfly screw. It would make a pretty big knocking sound for a little while until the screw ended up getting pounded into the top of a piston. Had that happen twice.
If you don't find the screws it might be worthwhile to get a new head gasket and pull the head just to make sure it the screw isn't hiding someplace waiting to cause more damage.

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 11:17 PM

we had a problem with a mouse nested in there. made a mess. turned the motor over with the electric start, made a real mess