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    09-23-2017, 09:58 AM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    I did shine a flashlight under the valves, best angle I could get, and didn't see any. May have just been the angle. But the bubble test showed some...
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    09-22-2017, 09:46 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Well, yeah, I know how it gets under an open valve. But it can't get through a closed one. Which is what happens when the head comes off. They close....
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    09-22-2017, 09:06 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    I took the head back off, pushed the valves open by hand (no spring compressor for this type). And blew it out. Let some seafoam soak on the inside...
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    09-22-2017, 01:03 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    A spoon. Normally a wire wheel. But I need a new one. Can't see how carbon could get under a closed valve though.
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    09-22-2017, 11:14 AM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Ah yes. That is an extreme possibility. I was cleaning the top of the valves. There was a lot of carbon build up. This gives me an idea. I can take...
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    09-22-2017, 10:21 AM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Yes, translation error. .005 and .008. Could be I got the int. and exh mixed up. But I don't think so. Even if, I'd still get more compression than...
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    09-22-2017, 08:27 AM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Thousandths. I think the MM was 10 & 15. Being that there's a 3 thousandths tolerance on these, makes me think it's not real critical. But where I...
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    09-21-2017, 09:03 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    No sir, I didn't. There was a lot of carbon build up. I scraped almost all of it out the a spoon (for the rounded edges). Then wiped what I could...
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    09-21-2017, 08:59 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Int.05 & Exh .08. The exh was a little tight. But the feeler would still slide.
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    09-21-2017, 07:28 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    When I was adjusting the valves, they were opening and closing as they should.
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    09-21-2017, 06:05 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Update: installed a new head gasket. and now, no compression. Torgue to 44 ft.lbs. Everything was clean. No problems at all. Adjusting the valves was...
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    09-21-2017, 02:44 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Powermore engine is what I found.
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    09-21-2017, 08:44 AM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    It's definitely not a Briggs.
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    09-21-2017, 08:31 AM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    There is none. I pulled the dipstick just after mowing for like like 30 minutes, and seen no smoke, fumes or any sort.
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    09-20-2017, 11:44 PM
    Thanks for the top wobble advise. BTW, where are you getting an MTD 951-12273 (head gasket) for $5? Cheapest I've found has been over $25.
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    09-20-2017, 11:22 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    It's an MTD 4P90HUB
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    09-20-2017, 11:20 PM
    It was about 1/4" over full when I first started diagnosing it. I pulled out enough to put the level just under the full mark. After adjusting the...
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    09-20-2017, 09:57 PM
    That's what I'm thinking too. But the guy told me he forgot to put the dipstick back in it, and ran it low. It was full when he started, 30 minutes...
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    09-20-2017, 09:22 PM
    I have an MTD manufactured craftsman engine (on a craftsman rider. 420 CC) I'm getting a lot of oil in the carburetor. Ever so often, puffs of white...
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    09-20-2017, 08:34 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    Lots of oil in the carb after mowing with it. A couple of times, in some taller grass, it would've died if I hadn't released the mower deck.
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    09-20-2017, 08:23 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    It runs better for about 10 minutes. Then sounds like it's bogging down while mowing. Release the mower, and she picks up a lot. But not all the way.
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    09-20-2017, 08:09 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    It looks like the solution was a valve adjustment. They were way out of whack. BTW, adjusting these were a little tricky. Get'M set, tighten them...
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    09-20-2017, 04:18 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    No solution yet. But the oil was a little over filled. Maybe a 1/4" over full. When I removed enough to put right on the full mark, I let it run...
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    09-20-2017, 12:46 PM
    hrdman2luv started a thread 420 CC question in MTD Forum
    My first MTD engine (that I know of). It's one a Craftsman 247.203724 Per customer: Smokes on start up. Sometimes a lot. Sometime barely any. Runs...
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    09-19-2017, 05:56 PM
    After rebuilding the carb on one of my 18hp's, (because of the surging) I cranked it up, and it was still surging. I was upset, to say the least. So...
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    09-18-2017, 04:20 PM
    So I picked up a used TB weed eater for free. Changed the fuel lines, cleaned out the carb. New plug. New air filter. Cleaned out the tank and put...
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    09-17-2017, 10:44 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread The environment in The Front Porch
    I'm not sure how much bacteria is in used motor oil. I'm thinking none. Well because it's motor oil I think people aren't buried 6' deep. That...
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    09-17-2017, 05:17 PM
    Is your choke separate from your throttle ?
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    09-17-2017, 05:08 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread Horrible deal in Murray Forum
    I got'r all fixed up and ready to sell now. I'm glad the paint was still good. Or I'd be keeping this one for myself.
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    09-17-2017, 05:03 PM
    hrdman2luv replied to a thread Bad checks in The Front Porch
    Not in the good ole USA. HE HE HE HE HE
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