Craftsman Push Mower Starts fine then stops


Old 05-05-05, 06:45 AM
Carmen Talley
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Unhappy Craftsman Push Mower Starts fine then stops


I have a Craftsman push mower. I left the model number at home, but can retrieve it if needed. It has a Briggs & Stratton engine and was purchased new in 2001.

Before mowing last time, the mower would start fine, then cut off after about 3 seconds. So, we tried changing the spark plug and air filter and then it seemed to run fine.

I pulled out the mower yesterday and the same thing happened. I can get it started, but it stops after about 3 seconds. I tried probably 20 times but with no success.

Gas tank is full and the oil level is fine.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 05-05-05, 03:15 PM
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Sounds like carburetor problems. This is probably a tecumseh engine. Remove the bowl screw and clean the tiny holes in it. There are 4.
Old 05-06-05, 06:26 AM
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Thanks! The model number is 917.388360 - Craftsman 6.25 HP Rotary Lawn Mower if that makes a difference in your advice.

Old 05-06-05, 08:38 AM
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143.006200 is your engine model # and is as Cheese mentioned. You will want to remove and plug the fuel line going to the carb, then remove the bolt and bowl and clean as suggested.

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