Sears Craftsman Eager 1-- 22 inch mower-starts but then dies
I have a Sears Craftsman Eager 1, 6.75 hp, 22 inch self propelled lawn mower (Model 917.377190) which has a problem somewhere in the carb. The carb was rebuilt this Spring and the mower started up and ran beautifully until recently. Then it would start up but only run for a second or two before dying.
I found the area of the problem with the lawn mower. I used a needle nose pliers to try to remove the red rubber primer bulb that has a retainer clip holding it to the side of the Tecumseh carb. As I grabbed hold of the bulb where the retainer clip is, some gas leaked out of the rubber bulb. I didn't take the primer bulb all the way out and had no clue why gas started coming out. Anyway I then pressed the primer several times and the lawn mower started and stayed running. it's running again but I believe the underlying problem still exists and will rear its ugly head again.
the recurrent fouling problem appears to have something to do with that red rubber primer bulb on the Tecumseh carb.
Even though the red rubber primer bulb looks good, can it still be defective and cause these fouling problems?
any insight would be appreciated. Thanks. Irish