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18.0 Intec OHC lawn tractor, model 247.288820. Why does fuel drain into the oil system?

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Your fuel solenoid may not working. I put a fuel shut-off in. Not in use turn off

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check for excessive oil in the sump (carby needle and seat allowing fuel to drain into the sump past the rings when standing for a period of time )
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No it's sounds like the float in carb is stuck I've had 3 motors do this I put a fuel shut off in the line after I cleaned the carb out and rebuilt it. The problem is the gas breaking down an gumming up the float in carb. Drain the oil and an run some oil thur it to get the old gas out make sure you clean the carb out to.

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