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post #1 of 3 Old 10-12-2008, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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318 cleaning carb

My neighbor has A John Deere 318 (mid 80's) that misfires some while mowing (sounds lean). He's changed plugs and air & fuel filter. He asked me to clean his carburetor. Is there anything in the carb that can be damaged by carb cleaner? The neighbor is mid 80's also. Thanks. I'm not too good with search, when I try "clean 318 carb" I get that 318 is too common. Well I didn't make up the model number
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-13-2008, 10:12 AM
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Re: 318 cleaning carb

I own a 318 and there is nothing in the carb you can damage with carb cleaner. That being said you might want to check the points for the proper gap and general condition. I've been told that before tinkering with the carburator any time you should first check the points. Fouled points or points with an improper gap can really screw up how well the engine runs.

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Re: 318 cleaning carb

Thanks, I will do that. I'll get his owners manual and read up on it. I know points have never been looked at.
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