Craftsman Mower 917.255692 dies after 5-15 minutes running

Dono78June 14, 2011

Mower runs fine for about 5-15 minutes then just dies & pops real loud.

Have done the following maintenance on this 42 inch riding mower (Kohler 14.0 HP):

oil change, oil filter, solenoid, ignition switch, battery,fuel filter, fuel lines, air filter, cleaned carburetor, spark plug, checked all kill switches. Put in fuel & fuel additives.

When it starts, idle is very smooth. Any help would be appreciated..

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walt1(7 a)

Dono78 can you start it back up right after it quits?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 8:48PM
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rcbe(6)

try running with fuel tank cap loose. cap vent may be blocked.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 9:42AM
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bill_kapaun

How long do you have to wait to restart?

Check for spark immediately after it quits.
It may have a bad coil that dies when it gets hot.

Also, as mentioned, a clogged gas cap vent hole will result in fuel starvation as the vacuum in the fuel tank builds.

Also a restricted fuel filter could cause the problem. This would include using a filter designed for an engine with a fuel pump on a gravity flow system.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 2:36PM
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