Re: LT 1046 woes!
Well, my problem is still here, but I think I may have diagnosed it. Comments please:
Removed the carb and gave it a thorough cleaning, but inside it already looked very clean and all the internals looked fine. Reassembled everything, but while engine will run for 2-3 seconds if I squirt some starting fluid in it, it dies immediately thereafter.
Checked to see if gas is coming out of the fuel pump when crankingó a couple of drops, but no more. (I should have realized this when there was no gas in the carb bowl when I removed the solenoid.) Removed the vac line to the fuel pump and put my thumb over it and cranked the motor ó felt only the slightest puff of vacuum.
Checked the oil and the dipstick showed it was overfilled . . . because the tractor was on a bit of a slope.
So, my working hypothesis: when I recently changed the oil, I probably overfilled it a bit due to the residual oil in the engine. Wasnít a problem on level ground, but working a lot on a steep slope meant there was oil pooling where it would mess with the vac line. (My problem *always* occurred when going uphill.) No vac, no gas thru the fuel pump.
So other than getting the tractor to level ground and draining some oil off, any other way to test / fix the vac line? Alternatively, how can I test the fuel pump to confirm that itís a vac issue and not a defective fuel pump?
As always, thanks in advance.