A guy contacted me about my "Lawn-Boy Mowers Wanted" posting on Craigslist - said he had a 10323 that would just die on him - sometimes after a few passes, sometimes got to actually finish cutting. Said he never knew whether it was going to run long enough to cut the whole yard so he went and bought a new mower. He sold me the 10323 for $10!
I got it cleaned up and snapped some pics, but didn't try cutting with it until today. Just like he described - I got about 3 passes around the perimeter of the backyard and the thing died. I primed several times and got it to start back up, but it wouldn't stay running.
This is my first time with a problem like this one - any ideas? Ignition coil? Spark plug? I know for certain that the carb needs some work - guy didn't have the air box cover on completely - filter was nasty. Additionally, this morning I discovered that the float is set incorrectly (there was a puddle of fuel on the floor under it the mower.)
Just looking for the best starting point on this dying 10323 problem. I appreciate your time and advice.
Norman is right. You need a new needle and seat (cause of puddle). The float may be set right 7/16" upside down without the gasket. The ignition coil needs replaced if it dies when it heats up. COmmon DF problem. $30 or so on ebay.
Also as Norman stated install a 90deg fuel cut off and a filter and use it when you finish mowing...keep the pressure off the needle and seat.