Craftsman Mower dilemma
I've got a Craftsman 6.25 22" cut 190 CC gas powered mower, Model 917371601. It's been working great for the past 3 seasons. I've taken good care of it...drained it after each season, changed the spark plug, fuel filter, and of course new oil and gas at the start of each season.
Did the same thing this season, and here are my symptoms:
Engine starts after priming, runs for a few seconds, then dies.
I have to go thru the above process, priming each time, for probably 10-15 times before the engine will stay running...and when it does it weaker than usual. I can still mow with it, but it sputters and spits at times. Sometimes it gives me full power, but it's rare.
Also, the 'quick start' function used to work great before this season. But now, even when the mower was just stopped, it won't start within hitting the priming bulb 10 times or so.
I did nothing different this year...changed the plug and the air filter, got new gas and of course new oil.
I've troublehooted this by buying a new spark plug. Didn't help.
Haven't tried a new air filter, but it's exactly like the previous one and it's brand new, so I doubt that's it.
Ensured the oil level was correct and not overfilled.
I didn't replace the gas, but it was brand new also.
Ran the unit with the gas cap off, thinking the gas cap may have been plugged. No help.
So I'm stumped. I'd hate to have to take it in for repairs and pay $$ if there are other things I can check.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!