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02-26-2008 21:51:15

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I have a WD that will start up an run for about 10 mins or so an then it will just die it will start back up an I sometimes see a little black smoke when it restarts. I am thinking I have a fuel problem could the float be sticking? I pulled the fuel line at the carb an I am getting gas there.

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Steve in N.J.

03-01-2008 19:06:47

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-26-2008 21:51:15  
Black smoke is a good indication of a fuel related problem. Sounds to me like your fuel system is plagued with debris causing all kinds of troubles. Start at your tank first. Usually looking in it with a flashlight will identify whether you have a lot of rust and debris at the bottom. If so, the tank needs to be cleaned out. Work on down cleaning up the sediment bulb, fuel line, and then the carburetor. If its a trash or debris problem, you can bet the carb is full of trash also. Rust and debris will play havoc with the carburetor until you get it cleaned out. HTH

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02-27-2008 16:14:37

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-26-2008 21:51:15  
May be as simple as fuel cap vent plugged

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02-27-2008 15:31:14

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-26-2008 21:51:15  
thanks for all the info. the tractor started acting up last fall. I did not do anything to it last fall it just sat in the barn. I started it last weekend same thing. when it dies I can restart it right away but I have to use the choke an it runs rougher an then dies. it is a 6volt I have a new 12volt coil in a box I have never used if I put this on would it burn my points? thank for the help

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El Toro

02-27-2008 16:11:26

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-27-2008 15:31:14  
Your engine is starving for fuel when you need to choke it to keep it running. Your carburetor may be gummed up from old gas sitting the carburetor. Make sure there's no blockage at the carburetor inlet. Remove the fitting and see if there's a screen behind that fitting that's clogged with dirt or rust. If this is clean you probably need to clean the carburetor in some carburetor cleaner and put a kit in it. Hal

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02-27-2008 13:59:01

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-26-2008 21:51:15  
i had a friends wd do that, his tractors gas tank had rust on the bottom and was plugging the sediment bowl cutting off the fuel, so we just put a 3/4 inch stand pipe in the gas tank and it has ran great ever since.

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02-27-2008 09:15:57

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-26-2008 21:51:15  
Pull the drain plug from the bottom of the carb and make sure you have gas there for a good 5 minutes. Catch the gas so you can look at it for water and rust flacks. If you have a good flow of gas there then check for spark. You might have a bad ignition switch or a condenser that is going bad. How long do you have to wait before it will start again?? Really need more info to help you much. 6 or 12 volt system did it just start doing this out of the clear blue or has it been doing this a long times etc??

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El Toro

02-27-2008 03:56:43

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-26-2008 21:51:15  
Do you have a ballast resistor between the ignition switch & coil? Hal

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02-27-2008 01:26:57

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 Re: WD WONT STAY RUNNIN in reply to GLENN in OH, 02-26-2008 21:51:15  
Yep...could be float...also could be crud in the tank, gas line, or carb that's floating around until it settles after 10 mins. Usually though, if it's taking 10 mins, it might be a spark issue. See if you can put your hand on the mag or coil when it dies. If it's too hot to touch, it's probably a coil issue. I rebuilt my carb and head before I figured out that I had a mag that was dying due to a bad coil.

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