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Ariens 24" compact (mod 920014) carb flooding

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Have a 3 year old Ariens 24" compact two stage (model num 920014) aka st24le compact with a Briggs & Stratton 208cc engine. Past couple of days notice that excessive amount of gas leaking from the carb when operating, even continues to drip after shut-off if the fuel valve is left open. The leak is not from the bowl nut, leaking out from higher up the carb.

I didn't take the time to empty the tank prior to summer storage and guess I am now paying the price. I removed the carb bowl today, very little dirt. I sprayed carb cleaner up in carb, cleaned bowl + nut and reassembled, but the problem persists. What's the next step? I am guessing the float is stuck (even though it moves freely when i wiggle it)??

Do I have to pull off entire carburetor and disassemble? Other suggestions? Advice on what NOT to do?

Any input appreciated. Thanks for helping a novice.
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I'm wondering if the bowl gasket dried out and cracked and is leaking from there now.
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It's likely the needle and seat.
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No cracks in bowl.
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How to fix? Thanks
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The bowl wouldn't be cracked, but the gasket itself. Is the dripping from off of the bowl?
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sounds like a stuck needle to me remove the float and needle and clean it
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Is it leaking at the bowl rim where the 2 parts come together. You may have a dried rubber bowl gasket issue going on here. OR you may initially have had a stuck float but then when you put things back together You failed to seat the rubber gasket back in the ridge.
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Bowl gaskets don't typically start leaking out of the blue. Im pretty sure with that engine the needle is rubber tipped and the seat is a brass insert.

You would just need a new needle and a bowl gasket for good measure.

After you install the needle and float be sure to excercise the needle into the seat a few times by applying light pressure then lifting.

Only buy official Briggs and Stratton parts. I've had the less expensive aftermarket needles leak and the bowl gaskets are poorly molded.
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Bowl gaskets don't typically start leaking out of the blue. Im pretty sure with that engine the needle is rubber tipped and the seat is a brass insert.

You would just need a new needle and a bowl gasket for good measure.

After you install the needle and float be sure to excercise the needle into the seat a few times by applying light pressure then lifting.

Only buy official Briggs and Stratton parts. I've had the less expensive aftermarket needles leak and the bowl gaskets are poorly molded.
Thanks - but not sure what I should do to: "exercise the needle into the seat a few times by applying light pressure then lifting. " Do you mean once the float is back in place and needle inserted I lift the float then force the needle upwards?
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