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Scag Tiger Cub Wont Start after sitting 1 day

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by lkthoma, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. lkthoma

    lkthoma LawnSite Member
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    Hello,
    I have a Scag Tiger Cub Model STC48V-23CV. The Kohler Command series engine is giving me an issue starting after it has set a day or so. It will crank and some times attempt to fire for a half second if you adjust the choke. After that attempt to fire, it wont try again. If you pull out the heavy duty air filters and give it a shot of Carb cleaner or ether, it will start and run. While running there is no loss of power from normal, and no misses, rough running or idling.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. dahammer

    dahammer LawnSite Member
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    It's not getting fuel, investigate why. Could be the fuel pump, clogged filter or etc.
     
  3. dahammer

    dahammer LawnSite Member
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  4. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,133

    If it starts and then runs on starting fluid, I would suspect the choke cable or linkage is the problem. If it starts up but dies with starter fluid then you more than likely have a fuel system issue.
     
  5. dahammer

    dahammer LawnSite Member
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    Wait, yeah... It doesn't die after the shot of starting fluid or it does?
     
  6. lkthoma

    lkthoma LawnSite Member
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    Nope doesnt die after the shot of starting fluid.
     
  7. Mtnmn

    Mtnmn LawnSite Member
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    Pull the fuel line at the carb. and put the line in suitable container, and give it a shot gas thru the carb. Get it to run a few seconds, see if fuel pump is working. With a squirt bottle of gas giving it a squeeze when it begins stall you should be able to keep it running for several minutes. If you get fuel in the container pump is working. then it looks like carb. problem. May be stuck float in closed position. I would strongly recommend not using starting fluid or either, one day it will cause a BIG problem.
     
  8. lkthoma

    lkthoma LawnSite Member
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    I will try disconnecting the fuel line from the carb. and report back later today...

    Thanks for everyone's help.
     
  9. dahammer

    dahammer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 227

    If it doesn't die, then it's getting fuel, so I agree with StihlMechanic, it's probably an issue with the choke. Could also be a badly clogged air filter, which would cut off the air supply like the choke. But if you put the filter back in after you get it running and it continues to run fine, that's not the problem either.
     
  10. lkthoma

    lkthoma LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    The air filter wasn't clogged when I pulled it and used a shot of carb cleaner to get it running. I'll start down the line
    of checking the choke.
     

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