Craftsman LT1000 has spark, wont start

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Old 07-04-09, 07:09 AM
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Craftsman LT1000 has spark, wont start

I have an LT1000 that has been sitting for more than a year.

It ran fine before the long sit.

It was not prepped for sitting that long and there was a small amount of fuel in the tank.

Currently it will not start with a strong battery, a spark and fuel getting to tthe carb.

It turns over great, but not even a hint of it trying to start.

I have verified fuel is getting all the way to the carb itself, but I do not smell fuel after turning the engine over with full throttle.

I have removed the air cleaner and sprayed carb cleaner into it with no luck.

Is there anything I can try before removing the carb?

If the carb needs to be removed and either rebuilt or cleaned, I cannot see how to get it off.

Anyone have any thoughts about any of this?
 
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Old 07-04-09, 11:42 AM
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It turns out getting the carb off was not that big a deal.

I have also verified the solonoid is good.

I am soaking in gas at the moment to see if something is gunked up and stuck.

I purchased a new carb for $120 at Sears, if the above does not work, I will replace it.
 
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Old 07-04-09, 02:13 PM
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Gas won't clean or fix it... old gas is what's causing the problem to begin with. You need carburetor cleaner. Probably just a $2 can of it. Too late to return the $120 carb? You can fix yours for pocket change.
 

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Old 07-05-09, 12:05 PM
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Thanks for the reply,

Yes, too late.

I installed the new one after it looked like the old one had a lot of dried gunk in it.

I didn't want to create an even bigger problem, not really knowing what I am doing here.

Actually, the people at Sears are the ones that told me to soak in gas.

I have some carb cleaner, but it didn't seem to help before.

I kept the old one in case I ever need it, but once installing the new one, the mower runs great.

I learned a few things along the way, and I was able to isolate and resolve the problem.

My grass was getting pretty tall, thanks.
 
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Old 07-05-09, 08:54 PM
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Glad you got it, sorry it cost you so much. Next time give us a shout before ordering $$ parts, lol!
 
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