Craftsman mower: Model 917372480

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Old 07-09-06, 04:53 PM
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Thumbs down Craftsman mower: Model 917372480

Won't start even after injecting gas into cylinder; apparently no spark even with new plug....drats.
Suggestions please...
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Old 07-09-06, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by jlhofman
Won't start even after injecting gas into cylinder; apparently no spark even with new plug....drats.
Suggestions please...
Thanks
Are you getting any spark from the plug wire itself?

Take the plug out,and with the plug boot off the wire hold the wire termal about 3/8 inch from the head of engine (with protective rubber gloves) and turn the engine over.Notice any spark??hear the snap??
 
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Old 07-09-06, 10:29 PM
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Thumbs down Craftsman mower - not starting.

Thanks.
Roger....no spark, no snap. :wall

What is the next step?

Many thanks.
j
 
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Old 07-09-06, 10:39 PM
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Check the coil for rust remove it and sand it set it useing the buiness card trick. put the coil back on put a buiness card between the coil and the magnet on the flywheel and rotate it untill the magnet pulls the coil to it tightin it down and remove the card.if that don't work pull off the grounding wire(green wire coming from the coil)and see if it starts.
 

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Old 07-10-06, 01:15 AM
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Don't remove the carb, just remove the kill wire from the coil and check for spark. If you have spark, then the coil is good and you have a problem in the kill circuit on the mower. If you still don't have spark, the coil is bad.
 
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Old 07-10-06, 07:23 AM
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Thumbs down Craftsman mower

Thanks.
I know what an auto engine coil looks like. What does this mower coil look like?
Thanks,
j
 
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Old 07-10-06, 12:37 PM
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Follow the plug wire, it will lead right to it. You'll have to remove the shroud off the top of the engine.
 
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Old 07-10-06, 01:08 PM
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Don't remove the carb, just remove the kill wire from the coil and check for spark

I didn't mean to say remove the carb I ment to say remove the card (buiness card.) sorry for any mix up. when you find the coil remove the green wire atached to the coil remove it and see if it starts.If it does than like cheese said you got a problem with the kill curcuit. If still no spark than replace the coil.
 
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Old 07-10-06, 10:59 PM
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lexmarks567,

I agree!

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Old 07-10-06, 11:07 PM
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No problem Lex. I just wanted to clarify so that jlhofman wouldn't pull the carb off because of a typo, lol.
 
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Old 07-11-06, 01:00 AM
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jlhofman,

I suggest replacing the ignition coil. Follow Cheese's advice at finding it and Lex's advice at gapping the armature of the coil to the flywheel, .010 to .014

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Old 07-11-06, 08:52 PM
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Thumbs up Craftsman mower --model 917372480

Disconnected kill wire and still no spark.
Where is a good place to buy a coil for this baby?
Is there a place to figure out which engine this model has?
Many thanks --you all are great~!
 
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Old 07-11-06, 09:35 PM
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That's a tecumseh. Take the coil to any small engine shop and they should have one on the shelf, or on a junk engine in the junk pile. I wouldn't hesitate to put a used one on, since they rarely give trouble.
 
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Old 07-11-06, 09:40 PM
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Craftsman!

Cheese!
Great idea.
Many thanks-
Hey how did you get the name?? Wisconsin?
-j
 
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Old 07-11-06, 10:02 PM
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Haha! I got that nickname a long time ago when I was a mechanic at a Chrysler/Dodge dealership. It has pretty much stuck with me the whole time. It had to do with a pizza. I better stop here, lol!
 
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