Craftsman Mower - Starts appears to start...


Old 03-11-05, 06:34 PM
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Craftsman Mower - appears to start...

then dies after no more than 2 seconds. I have the 6 hp Craftsman mulch/rearbag mower about 6 years old. I have changed the air filter, put in a new spark plug, and removed the air filter assembly to check the fuel line and it appears to be flowing unimpeded. I removed the clamp connected to the carb and the entire tank drained. I did notice that the gasket between the carb and the air filter housing had torn in two - but it was pieced back together. Could that cause the issue? I can't imagine that would cause the problem.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Old 03-11-05, 09:44 PM
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You have a very common problem.You left fuel in your mower over the winter an it got old and varnished up the carb.take the bowl off the carburetor via one 1/2"nut.Look very close at the nut an you'll find a intsy-bitty hole inbetween the thrads about haly way up the nut,run a wire through this hole and clean it out.Run the wire down the top of nut too,to clean out down to hole.(I use a torch head cleaner)Clean any an all vannish from inside bowl spay a good quilty carb&choke cleaner up emersion tubes(center of carb)Run wire up same.Change fuel and you'll be cutting before u know it.
Old 03-12-05, 07:28 AM
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Thanks, I will try it.
Old 03-13-05, 08:14 AM
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