I am new to the forum and wanted to pose a question about the 1995 SRX75 that I just inherited. This is my first John Deere mower so I am a little unfamiliar with it. It has a 9 HP Kawasaki FC290V-FS10 motor.
I am having trouble getting it to start and stay running: it is a gravity fed fuel system (i think?) with a new fuel line and filter. Spark plug has spark, and I have taken apart the carburetor as much as I could and could not find any clogged jets or valves anywhere. If the motor is cold and the carburetor bowl empty, it will crank and run for about 60 seconds and then die. Then it will never crank again unless I pull the air filter off and pour starter fluid or seafoam into the carb to keep it running - so obviously it is a fuel delivery problem. But, like I said, I found no clogged passageways or jets in the carb, and even let it soak in gas for 2 days.
The needle valve under the float was not sticking before I took the carb apart or after I put it back together so I am stumped as to what the problem could be. The choke and governor both function as they should.
EDIT: Maybe I am wrong about the fuel system being gravity fed? Is there a fuel pump on this motor? I don't have a manual for it so I cannot be 100% sure. Anyone with a pdf copy of the manual please feel free to share!