My Husqvarna, which has only been used once or twice, has a 6.25 hp Briggs and Stratton engine. It is an all-wheel drive. It was given to me. It will start, and if I manually choke it by using a finger on the carb intake, it will run. Otherwise, it cranks for a few seconds and then quits. It will run as long as I am choking it. It has no idle control, is in new condition, and is kept in the garage. What do I do?


Sometimes at the start of a season, an engine will struggle to start because the carburetor is empty of fuel. Make sure that you follow the engine startup procedure in your manual, or as outlined in the article above, and set the throttle control into the choke/start position if there is one. If the engine has a primer button, it needs to be pressed about eight times, or as recommended in the startup procedure. When the engine cuts out, try pressing the primer about five times again before you attempt to restart.

Updated on April 5, 2018

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How to Fix a Lawn Mower That Won't Start
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