Problem with starting Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower


Old 07-14-07, 10:48 AM
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Problem with starting Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower


We just bought this new Craftsman riding mower and having trouble operating it.
We are following the manual instruction to start it -- the engine starts fine but the moment we move the throlttle to fast it dies.

Can you help?
These are the steps we are following :
1. Press brake/clutch
2. Engage parking brake
3. Put throttle to choke
5. Start ignition -- engine starts running
5. Switch to fat position in throttle -- then engine dies.

We are new to it and maybe not doing something right. Please help us
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Old 07-14-07, 10:56 AM
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Find in the manual where it tells you about moving the mower for storage or by hand. There is a lever, usually on the lower rear of the rider that must be released to engage the transmission.
Old 07-14-07, 05:09 PM
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It should have nothing to do with the lever (freewheel control lever, if hydrostatic drive) that fixit mentioned since this will not cause the engine to stall out. It appears that once you move the throttle/choke control off of choke the engine stalls. Is this what you are saying? Perhaps you are not allowing quite enough time on choke for the engine to warm up well enough. Allow the engine to remain on choke for 15-20 seconds after the engine starts, then drop the control down and off of choke. If this yields no favorable results and this is a brand new mower (within warranty) then schedule a warranty service appointment with Sears.

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