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PA28-181 Cockpit error or carb problem??

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Dec 15, 2010
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Ready to go on a week long trip. Luggage secured, headsets on etc. Primed 4 strokes which is typical on this plane and it started on two blades - then quit. Oops - forgot to set mixture to full rich. Now. I believe that this thing is really starved. Primed it 5 strokes and set mixture to full rich. Hit the starter and it started again. This time I advanced the throttle a little to keep it running, then attempted to throttle back to idle. It got really rough; then advance throttle to keep it running. Tried to idle again with no luck. Got really rough. Tried to stop the engine by going to idle cutoff and it would not quit - just shook like hell.

Finally gave up and had to cut the mags to get the engine to stop. Unloaded the plane and decided on alternative transportation. Four days later, the mechanic fired it up and can find nothing wrong after several tries. Do I have an intermittent carb problem or do I have a much more serious cockpit/pilot error problem. This is really bugging me. Any advice appreciated.

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