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Craftsman Problems

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07-12-08, 08:00 AM   #1  
Craftsman Problems

I have a 3-4 year old Craftsman Mower Model 917-377563. I have trouble starting it, so we gave it a good cleaning/overhaul/new spark plug. It starts and putters out in seconds. It has gas/oil and nothing clogging it. Low and behold, my next door neighbour has the same one and today his is doing the same thing. Go into website, but it redirects me to unhelpful sites. It sounds like a carburetor issue, but I'm no expert. Any thoughts?

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07-12-08, 06:43 PM   #2  
Craftsman Problems

Water in the gas or clogged filter. Did you and the neighbor share gas????

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07-12-08, 07:00 PM   #3  
This is a Tec engine and you have spark so here we go;
Clamp off the fuel line, remove the carb bowl, release the clamp to see if you have good fuel flow to the carb, raise the float to see that it shuts off the flow with minimal pressure, clean the junk from the bowl, clean the bowl nut, 2 holes close to the bottom and a tiny one about midway up(I usually use the wire from a twist tie), spray all holes, cracks and crevases with brake parts cleaner, reassemble and you should be good to go. If this didn't work it will be probably be necessary to rebuild the carb. If I missed something one of the real mechanics will post to help further. Refer to the photo below. Have a good one . Geo

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