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 07-30-2003, 12:46 Post: 60471
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I have a 13hp series 2000 lawn tractor. After about 20 minutes of mowing, it will suddenly die just like it ran out of gas. There is plenty of gas in the tank. It acts as if you turned the key off. I read one post that pointed a similar problem to the coil. I have had the carb rebuilt, they found sand in the bowl, cleaned it, but it still dies. Once it does quit, it will start back up. What problem do you think I have. Thank you in advance for your reply.






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 07-30-2003, 13:48 Post: 60474
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Fred, two words "vapour lock"...

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I was going to suggest vapor lock, but in my experience during long hot Phoenix summers vapor lock usually occurs after the engine has been shut off and allowed to heat soak awhile. Then when the engine cools off it will start right back up. Normally when an engine is running the fresh fuel flowing through the lines prevents vapor lock. The way fredrocksr describes the problem seems just the opposite of typical vapor lock - the engine quits while it's running but starts right up afterwards.

Of course I might be wrong. It may help to make sure the fuel lines are routed away from the engine wherever possible, and insulating them couldn't hurt.






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 07-30-2003, 15:33 Post: 60477
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Here's another idea. The first car I owned used to cough and die on really hot days. I went through the fuel system, rerouted and insulated the lines, and changed fuel pumps. Nothing seemed to help. Running out of ideas I replaced the ignition coil - voila! That fixed it right up. My coil was failing on hot days.






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 07-30-2003, 15:42 Post: 60478
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It could certainly be vapor lock, but in my experience, when an engine is running fine in one second and quits the next, the problem is electrical. If it sputters and makes some indications of losing power as it dies, then it will generally be fuel related.

Your experience may vary. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.Wink yeah right






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 07-30-2003, 15:45 Post: 60479
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Hey Fred, got a few questions for you.

After it dies, will it start right back up (without any waiting)?

Does it do this every time you use the mower?

Does it matter if it's 100 or 80 degrees outside?

Does it run fine after restarting?

And (bonus question here) does it do it again in 20 minutes, after restarting?


According to how you answer the above questions but it could very well be the gas cap not venting.






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AC5ZO, you're exactly right. My dad owned a garage for years and he tought me that lesson early in life.






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If you can answer Billy's questions, then I would add that it would be good to differentiate between:

"it will suddenly die just like it ran out of gas." and
"It acts as if you turned the key off."

These are very different responses and point in different directions. If you are not sure, turn the key off and see if it sounds EXACTLY the same.






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 07-30-2003, 15:55 Post: 60482
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Billy, It does start right back up and it usually dies or at least tries to every time I use it. Outside temperature does not seem to matter. It does run fine after restarting and it usually does it within 20 minutes after restart. All you guys are a tremendous help with your thoughts. I will keep you posted on the results of your suggestions to solve my problem. Thanx again (to all of you) ! Fred






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Hmmmmm. What do you think, guys?

I think the first thing I'd check would be if the cap is venting (always check the easiest first). It doesn't sound like the problem but neither does vapor lock or electrical.

Some of these things can be a booger to figure out.

One more question before I go. I'm not familar with this mower/engine.

I'm assuming the carb is gravity fed?






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