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06-05-09, 11:41 AM   #1  
Craftsman riding mower problem

I have a 2003 craftsman with a briggs & stratton 17.5 hp, model #31c707. The mower stalled on me one afternoon would I was close to finishing my mowing. I checked the air filter and noticed fuel so I thought carb problem. I took the carb apart and cleaned it well. When I put it back on the mower started but didnt run with the same power. When I put it in a high gear it acted like it wanted to stall. Same when I engage the blades. What should I check next. Thanks for any info.

 
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06-05-09, 11:51 AM   #2  
You may need to post the type and serial # in order to identify your carb...walbro or nikki

did you remove any jets or nozzles during cleaning the carb?

 
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06-05-09, 12:45 PM   #3  
Its a Walbro...and no I didnt.

 
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06-05-09, 11:18 PM   #4  
Does it smoke at all?..................


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06-06-09, 05:09 AM   #5  
When it stalled for the first time(while mowing) I noticed a small amount of smoke, but none since I started working on it.

 
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06-06-09, 08:36 PM   #6  
Is there gas in the intake again? Did you remove the carb? Maybe you have a linkage connected wrong?


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06-07-09, 07:00 AM   #7  
no more gas in the intake. I can get it started but it doesnt run strong. If I put it in a high gear or engage the blades it wants to stall. Does this sound like a fuel starvation problem? Also, I know the seat switch is bad. Im having to compress the button on the switch so I can take my foot off the clutch/brake to leave the mower running.

 
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06-07-09, 04:25 PM   #8  
Make sure it's running on 2 cylinders... Maybe one of the plugs went south on you.. Have you checked for spark on both cylinders???? Maybe just for goofs,, Thro a set of plugs in it,,, Just a thought...Roger

 
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04-21-10, 04:53 PM   #9  
need some help as well

lt 1000 craftsman mower - bs 18hp

replaced the battery.
tried to start..there is a "grinding" noise that is coming from the right side of the engine...
I am a banker so xcuse me if I sound dumb...
is this a starter problem?

 
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04-21-10, 05:33 PM   #10  
The starter gear is stripped. $5 part. I don't know what engine you have, but if it's one with a plastic ring gear on the flywheel, it may possibly have damage as well.


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