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    D160 Won't Start

    So I wheeled my D160 out of the shed to check things over, do an oil change, grease it, etc... before the mowing season starts.

    It won't run. The engine turns over fine and it will fire up for a few seconds if I shoot starting fluid down the carb throat. But it won't fire up on it's own with a (near) full tank of fresh gas. It did once for about 5 seconds and then shut itself down again.

    With every other small engine I've had issues with in recent years, if it starts with starting fluid that means the carb is having issues. Gunked up, gummed up or just flat out gone bad.

    Before I go shell out $175 for a new carb and start tearing into things, does anyone else have any ideas for me to play with?
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    Is gas being pumped into the carb? I would check your fuel filter for any clogs.


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    I'd pull the float bowl. Sounds like you aren't getting fuel. The little solenoid in the bottom that usually retains the float bowl is a major culprit for many failures. They stick, bind, and completely fail altogether. Plus you can shoot some carb cleaner up the bottom of the carb while the bowl is off.
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    I think the alcohol in gas really promotes stuff growing in the lines and filters. I try to always get non alcohol gas, in some areas I have lived that is easy in some it is difficult to find. I had crap growing in both my snowblower and pressure washer a couple of years ago when I messed up and got a can of gas with alcohol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebellax15 View Post
    Is gas being pumped into the carb? I would check your fuel filter for any clogs.
    I disconnected the fuel line after the filter/before the carb and cranked it for a few seconds. Fuel shoots out of the line so it is def getting through the filter(s) and to the carb.
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    I’d second cleaning out the bowl and shooting carb cleaner. I’d also disconnect the solenoid and attach power directly to it to see if it is opening and closing. Lastly I’d rebuild the carb before buying a new one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I'd pull the float bowl. Sounds like you aren't getting fuel. The little solenoid in the bottom that usually retains the float bowl is a major culprit for many failures. They stick, bind, and completely fail altogether. Plus you can shoot some carb cleaner up the bottom of the carb while the bowl is off.
    I'll have to try doing this tomorrow. It's supposed to rain all day so it'll be a good day to drag it into the garage and disassemble things and see if I can get it to run. I'll have to run to the auto parts store and grab some carb cleaner. If I'm going to yank things apart I might as well clean everything up before putting it back together.
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    Those little solenoids have created more havoc than Gizmo in the GM thread I tell ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    Those little solenoids have created more havoc than Gizmo in the GM thread I tell ya.
    I've never played with one of those solenoids before so hopefully it won't be a stubborn as he is!
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    I diddled around with the carb this morning and it didn't seem to do me any good. The solenoid is getting power when the key is turned to the "On" position but I can't tell if it's working or not.

    Deere wants $175 for the complete carb and $127 for just the solenoid. That's nuts.

    After some digging I found that the engine in the D160 is a Briggs & Stratton Model 44M777-0288-G5. The B&S part number for the whole carb is 796997. I was able to order a 3rd party replacement for $45 and it will be here Monday and I'll swap the whole thing out.
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