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sorry to correct Jimc4567 but you need air/fuel mixture, compression and spark. Charlie why do you think you have a flooded carb. after trying to start it do you remove the plug and notice it's wet? or do you see wetness coming out the muffler? or do you have gas dripping from around the carb? You need to make sure you have spark. The correct and safe way is by using a spark tester. It may look like a spark plug with a clip on it, or it may be an inline tester. It may spark over a gap or may light a light. If you don't have one or feel like buying one. take out the spark plug, leave put the sparkplug back into the sparkplug boot and leave it laying against a bare metal part on the mover. I don't suggest holding it because the spark will be around 17kV (17,000 volts). Do it somewhere that isn't in direct light or sunlight so you can see it. Hopefully you can confirm if you have spark then. If you don't It may be the Ignition coil, or points and condenser depending on what system your mower has. Compression is a bit hard to gauge because the motor most likely has a decompressor while at low RPM which drops the compression but makes it considerable easier to pull over. But if you put the mower away last year or the mower was just running last week I don't it has lost compression unless you have run the unit low on oil and scored it up. For the air fuel mixture thing, Make sure your air filter isn't clogged, you should be able to see light through it. If it's very clogged, you will make the mower run rich , which may possibly flood the engine. If there is lots of gas dripping out. I would suspect a stuck float, or debris on the needle which is holding it open and allowing gas leak into the engine. I could go on and on about possible problems, but more info on your end will help you get the right answer How did the mower last run? when was it last run? Is there gas in it? how old is the gas (how long ago did you buy it)? oil in the engine? does it have spark? why do you think the carb is flooded? tell us anything else you think might help If you have any other questions or answers for the above questions, feel free to message me.
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