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Dremel! Perfect.

I was trying to think of how to make one and I completely overlooked the Dremel.

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Even my refashioned, fancy-smancy screwdriver appears to be no match for the holding power of the rust and whatnot that's accumulated over the years. But since it appears that I'll need to get a new carb unless that pedestal comes up, I figure I have nothing to lose. So I'm going to bang away...or whatever...to try and get that out, if only because I do not like the thought of waiting another week to mow...grrrr......
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Center pedestal? I'm curious, what carburetor is on that engine? Looking at the Kohler manual and recalling carb's I have worked on, I don't see anything like you're describing except maybe a main needle on some of them.
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Center pedestal?
In the manual I was using, that "center pedestal" is the name given to the vertical tube which holds the main fuel needle.

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I'm curious, what carburetor is on that engine?
See here (http://tinyurl.com/y4p8jy6z).

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Looking at the Kohler manual and recalling carb's I have worked on, I don't see anything like you're describing except maybe a main needle on some of them.
The mechanic with whom I was working yesterday was not entirely correct. Happily I was able to figure out the issue and correct it.

He kept telling me that I needed to clear that "main fuel needle." I didn't disagree, but he was telling me that to do that I had to remove the "center pedestal"; that is to say, the tube inside the "center pedestal," through which the "main fuel needle" drew fuel upward. This is why I had to have a notched screwdriver...for the bowl-end of that tube.

As it turns out, as you no doubt know, all I had to do was simply unscrew the "main fuel needle" in order to clear it, presuming that was the problem.

Once I figured that out (I didn't understand the inner workings and so didn't make the connection in my head until after I removed the tube and inspected it), I used a brush to remove contaminates/build-up on the exterior of it, and then blew compressed air through every orifice I could find (and there were...what?...8?).

In getting ready to clean it I did happen to notice that something was blocking one of the holes.

Anyway, I cleared and cleaned as best I could, reinstalled the carburetor and she started right up.

Now, with that fixed and the previous (actually, original) issue rectified, I was able to tear through the yard today. And she hardly whimpered. WOOOHOOO!

Once again, I learned something and saved both time and money in the process.

Thanks again ZTT42 for all the help.
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In getting ready to clean it I did happen to notice that something was blocking one of the holes.

Anyway, I cleared and cleaned as best I could, reinstalled the carburetor and she started right up.
I always feel great when I can find the actual cause of a problem and get a true fix! Yay

So, I am assuming that what you had to notch the screwdriver for was the pointy end of the main needle that you unscrewed from the opposite end, right? 'that would make sense. lucky to not have damaged it.

I'm happy to hear it's working and mowing. Fixing is fun, but after all, the real objective is to get it working

Right now I am replacing the rear axle seals on my 7016 with Simplicity parts after getting some that didn't fit perfectly - OOPS!
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