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Craftsman Mower won't stay running

Posted by crackerbuddy ca (My Page) on
Fri, May 16, 08 at 10:32

We have a Craftsman model #917.376583 that won't stay running. We have taken it to Sear's 5 times, when it comes back it runs for a few hours then back to 5 seconds then nothing. Then we took it to a local repair shop and the same thing. What is going on! is this a common problem, has anyone run into this? I would love to mow my yard.


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RE: Craftsman Mower won't stay running

The nut holding the carb bowl on is the MAIN JET.
Clamp off the fuel line, remove the jet and clean the holes out with a fine wire, like the wire tie from a loaf of bread.

You might drain the tank and toss the old gas into the car.


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We will give it a try, Thanks I will let you know what happens


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Wow! Thanks for the 1st time in 2 1/2 years I mowed the whole back yard..Thank you so much..


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Pretty simple!
Glad you got it running!
IF this has been a reoccurring problem, your fuel has to be suspect.
Don't store it over a month. Also use a Stabilizer in the fuel for the last couple mowings.

Posting the mower# made it easy to look up the engine at the Sears website and determine which carb it had. I wish everybody made it that simple!


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I am having almost the same problem, i have a craftsman model 944-365440, i have to hold on to the choke for it to stay on, some time if you hold on to it for a long time then it will stay on. I have disassemble the Carburetor, spay it and soaked it overnight with Carb cleaner and same problem. not sure what else to to do.


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Check the bolt that holds the bowl on the carb. Look for a teeny little hole either above the threads, or in them. When i say "above the threads,or between them," i mean with that bolt held up before yer eyes, with the bolt head down, so you can peer intently at it. Poke the holes with a thin wire, blow thru the end of it, and reassemble. Poke any black spot you see. they hide!


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I have a similar problem - holding the primer in allows mower to run with reduced power - somewhere on this site a poster mentioned a replacement using a 'bowl' kit. Anyone know where to find such a animal? Parnumber? How about a good repair manual as I'm a small (or large) engine novice?

Mower: Sears Craftsman Electric Start BS 5.5 hp 3 in 1
10+ years old (See - Sears mowers can last trhat long!)
Model No# 917.373841


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According to the SEARS site, your engine is not a BS. IF it was, a "bowl kit" would not apply.
Your engine # should be 143.945502, which is a Tecumseh TVS120-63921K

IF it has a plastic bowl carb, then a bowl repair kit would make sense.
Walk-Behinds 1997 and earlier - 730235B
" " 1998 and to date - 730637A

Since you say it's about 10 years old, your DOM will be important. (I think it's Sept. 1997 that is the switch date?)

DOM is the serial#
YDDDx
IOW- Jan 1, 1997 would be 7001x
Dec 31, 1997 would be 7365x
You can download a service manual at-
http://www.cpdonline.com/692509.pdf


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RE: Craftsman Mower won't stay running

You are right - My mistake - I DO have a pre 1997 Tecumseh Engine (with metal bowl) after all - The proper manual you pointed me is going to be a great help! The first thing I noticed after finding out the engine number in under the pull cord cover is that the bowl plug has TWO sets of holes - when I looked one was so blocked I didn't know it was there! I haven't had time to go through getting the settings I've messed up yet but I think once everything is back to spec I should be fine. Do you think I should tear down the carb anyway - a 12 year old mower only serviced once under the 1st year warranty.


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I had the same problem as crackerbuddy and followed the instructions as posted. My lawn mower runs now but I have another problem. I think I hooked up my throttle linkage incorrectly. The throttle itself has more resistance than usual when connected or disconnected from the linkage. Can anyone help? A diagram would be nice.


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Re: Bill Kapaun,
Thanks for the advice. Our mower started up immediately after the fix.


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I also have a 917.376583 and have no spark out of the plug/magneto wire. I have extensive automotive repair experience but don't know specifications, etc. to test out the ignition system. Is there a free/cheap repair manual for this engine that I could download? Or does anyone have any suggestions on what I should check/test? Thanks much!


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Go to the Briggs website and download an IPL
Your engine should be a -
125K02-0500-E1

Many of these small engines have a "stop wire" to the ign. coil. (part# 356 in the IPL)
Grounding the wire kills spark.
There may be one attached to the carb linkage that grounds when the linkage is all the way to the OFF position.


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Thanks very much for the great information Bill. For some reason the new spark plug didn't work until I ripped everything apart and re-assembled. Perhaps it was still flooded after I replaced the plug. At any rate, the p/n for the motor that you provided was spot-on and now I have a decent manual and other info for it. Thanks again sir!


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I have a Craftsman Model 917.376470. It will start the first time I try to start it, but after running it for awhile and the engine is hot and I stop it to change the grass bag or put in more gas it will not start again until the engine cools off. Then it will start again. Can you tell me what is wrong and how to fix it.


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  • Posted by baymee LehighValleyPA (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 8, 13 at 20:37

Carry a spark plug removal tool and immediately remove the spark plug when you shut it down. It will be very hot. Ground it somehow to the motor and pull the cord. If no spark, then replace the coil.


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I have a Craftsman Model 917.376470. It will start the first time I try to start it, but after running it for awhile and the engine is hot and I stop it to change the grass bag or put in more gas it will not start again until the engine cools off. Then it will start again. Can you tell me what is wrong and how to fix it.


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  • Posted by baymee LehighValleyPA (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 16, 13 at 6:38

See my post above. Have you ever removed the top shroud of the motor and blown the engine cylinder off with compressed air? They can become encased in dust and reduce the air cooling effect. Do you prime or choke when trying to restart?

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/lmower/msg0516325810735.html?1


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I have a Craftman Riding Mower Model Number 917 273021 and I can finally get it started but it wont stay started and I can't find the manual to trouble shoot it can you help me out.


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"I have a Craftman Riding Mower Model Number 917 273021 and I can finally get it started but it wont stay started and I can't find the manual to trouble shoot it can you help me out."

With the lack of details you provided, probably not.


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What details do you need, I'm a woman and trying to fix this darn thing on my own, because I cut an whole acre with a push mower and it's killin' me in this heat.

What I have done so far is I change out the starter because it wouldn't turn over at all and now it is turning over, I drained gas from the fuel hose that is coming from underneath the mower from the gas tank (I am assuming) because the gas smelled really bad, and I also changed out the dry rotten fuel hose, I also checked the air filter and it looks pretty clean, this is all I have right now because I am stuck at it not staying started, I hope this helps you help me. Thanks KK


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  • Posted by baymee LehighValleyPA (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 15:47

I don't see the carburetor on the ipl from Sears. Is your gas tank above the engine and feeds to the carb by gravity? If so, make sure it's fully empty. Then drain the gas in the line from the carb to the tank's bottom. Then remove the bolt on the bottom of the carburetor and drain the gas out of there.

Remove the bowl and look inside for anything gummy or crusty. If so, you may have to remove the carb and clean up the jets. If not, put the bowl back on the carb and tighten the bolt lightly. Put fresh fuel in the tank and loosen the bolt and catch a few tablespoons of fuel. Tighten the bolt and try to start the engine.

You may have a solenoid on the bottom of the carb with a wire hooked up, in lieu of a bolt. Use a thin wrench to remove that. Follow the same procedure.

If you have a fuel pump between the tank and the carb, drain the carb bowl and crank the engine for a few seconds. Drain the gas from the carb. Close it up again and try to start the engine.


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RE: Craftsman Mower won't stay running

Thanks so much Baymee, I will try all of this, it look like it feeds through gravity, when it stops raining I will get out there and look!

Thanks bunches!!!
KK

This post was edited by KMJames on Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 16:40


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RE: Craftsman Mower won't stay running

Details such as -
How long does it run when it starts?
Seconds, minutes, until you try (fill in the blank)


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RE: Craftsman Mower won't stay running

It only runs about a second or two. Seems if I hold the key to start it will keep running until I let go of the key and nit goes to the "run" position. Are we talking a new starter switch?

Randy


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You might provide some details of what "it" is.


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RE: Craftsman Mower won't stay running

So I have a craftsman mower 917.388632 and I can get it running, but it won't stay running for long. I replaced the spark plug, and replaced a clogged air filter. My father in law has had this mower for years, im not sure on the last service date. Any help would be awesome.


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Murray (model ??) Mower won't stay running

I have an unknown model Murray Ultra mower it says 15.5hp 42" Hydrostatic drive on the side.

I've replaced the battery and solenoid to get it to start, I mowed my lawn with fresh gas in the tank (2-3hrs) and put it away, now it won't stay running. It starts very well but won't run.

Any help would be appreciated.

Marvin.


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