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I have an old mower, Craftsman Eager 1. When I put gas in it leaks out of the air filter. Can you help?

The mower has been in storage for several years without gas or oil. It worked great when I stored it.

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Only one thing causes this problem. The float inside the carburetor is not turning off the flow of fuel from the gas tank.

This can be caused by a broken or fuel soaked float, or some debris in the seat that the needle on the float sticks into when it rises. The seat can also be loose.

I recommend you replace the fuel line if you repair the carburetor. Fuel lines deteriorate and cause the debris that stops up the seat.

Fuel has probably gotten into the crankcase also. Check the oil for gasoline and be sure to change the oil if it has gas in it. The oil and gas mixed will cause serious damage to the engine internally.
by Manage My Life
May 20th, 2009
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