I borrowed a friend's mower to tackle a huge weed/grass problem in my backyard. It's been raining much more than normal, so after about 3 days of no rain, I gave it a shot. As I checked the catch bag with my toe, it never seemed to get any heavier (fuller). After it quit, I checked the gas and filled it up and tried again. The grass was well over 2' tall.
After adding gas, the mower started briefly but kept dying. I tipped the mower back and cleaned out the grass underneath. I made sure that the discharge chute (right word?) was clear, and hosed out underneath the mower to remove what was left.
I let the mower sit for a couple of hours, but when I went to start it, it started (reluctantly) and only stayed running for about 5 seconds before dying.
Can anyone give me suggestions? It's a Craftsman Eager 1 4.5 HP mower. I don't know anything about it or how old it is or if it's been serviced. I don't want to have to buy my friends a new mower!! Yikes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
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