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    LX176 Carburetor problem

    Well yesterday was my first attempted mowing of 2016, and I managed to turn a small problem into a rather larger (I think) problem.

    I got off the mower to move some sticks and noticed liquid pouring from the front, so I opened the hood to see gas pouring as fast as it can out of the carb overflow tube. Mind you, the mower was running splendidly, but also dumping gas at an alarming rate.

    I figure no big deal, either stuck needle or sunk float, so I pull bowl off carb, and trying to get pivot pin out for the float, manage to break off one of the mounting ears where the pin goes through. That is some sort of terribly flimsy pot-metal, as I wasn't really putting any force on it, no idea how it happened, but anyway, the float itself seems fine (nothing inside it that I can tell), so I'm guessing my problem was a stuck needle due to sitting over the winter...

    So now I think I went from a fine carb that maybe needed a cleaning to needing a new carb. No big deal, I thought, I'll go on Ebay/Craigslist and find a used one for $20 make sure it's decent and call it a day.. But apparently the marketplace has different ideas as the cheapest one I can find is $140!

    I think first I'm going to just try to superglue the little ear back on, as it doesn't seem it will do any worse than to just not work and leave me back where I am now... It's not something in danger of getting into the engine itself if it comes back off I don't think.

    Any other ideas?
    1993 LX176 - 3rd generation family ownership

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    I doubt that superglue or very many other adhesives will do well with constant exposure to gasoline...

    This looks to be a replacement and cost around $21.

    Float 16031-2066 Order now for same day shipping. 365 day return policy. RepairClinic.com

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    The float itself is fine, it's the metal ear that the pivot-pin for the float goes through that broke off..
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    Isn't that function now molded into the new style all plastic part? see this image from the website I posted above...

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    No, see attached. This broke off by hand..


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    Mackguy,

    The picture makes it clear to me where I was totally mistaken on what I thought was the broken piece. Thanks for posting that!

    Now that I see it...you might try JB Weld which is a metal filled epoxy claimed to be fuel and oil resistant. You would need to keep the pivot pin bore free of the material when you bond the two pieces together -- maybe a wood dowel or a plastic rod that can be removed after the cure is done.

    I have used JB Weld successfully on a hydro transmission crack that was seeping fluid on a 318, but I had a bit more space to build up material. Good luck!

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    Mackguy, I just changed one out the other day at work. I'll check tomorrow to see if I still have it.

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    Thanks folks. Tried jbweld steelstik and it wasn't giving me enough to work with. It's such a tiny piece.

    Xcopterdoc if you have a carb available that would be awesome. I may have a lead on a local one but guy seemed hesitant to separate from the engine. Let me know what you find.


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    Sorry for the delay.. Carb gone. But I'll rattle the bushes and see. I've done the same thing, breaking that damn ear off.. Not a good feeling. The one I broke was on a very nice old man's mower.. I bought him a new carb.. Aggh! Lol.

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    It's unbelievable how little force it took to break that thing.


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