Sears Craftman LT2000 does not start

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Old 11-06-10, 09:56 AM
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Sears Craftman LT2000 does not start

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i have craftman Lawn Tractor(LT2000 - 18.4 HP) and it does not start. When I try to start igniton, it make small noise but engine will not run at all. I checked, Battery is good, Gas is good, Oil is good. It was running fine before my son put too much oil in tractor. Then I removed all the oil and to burn some of the left over I kept tractor on and all of sudden made a big noise and engine stopped. After that I added brand new oil and since then it is not working

Tractor is in faily new condition with 3 year old and minimal use

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Old 11-06-10, 11:12 AM
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So you ran the engine with the oil drained out of it? And then it made a big noise and won't start? If so, you blew up the engine. You can't run an engine without oil in it....
 
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Old 11-06-10, 01:47 PM
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why would you drian the oil with then engine running? Or why would you try to start the engine with ni oil? Like Cheese said, you seizes the engine.
 
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Old 11-06-10, 04:35 PM
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Reason I did that was, my son put too much oil in engine which was causing too much smoke. So I drained the oil out which was quite old + new so thought I would completely burn the oil until smoke stops coming. By the time I realize to stop it has big noise and stopped running. Anyways, What do I do now ?. How can I fix it ?. Who do I take it to repair or any other options ?.
 
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Old 11-06-10, 05:17 PM
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Never run any engine with no oil in it for any reason. You can't, it's guaranteed to destroy the engine every time.

Anyway, now you know, unfortunately. You could take it to a mower shop and have it looked at, but chances are it's ruined and not worth repair, and then you'll have extra charges to pay the shop on top of that. I'd just buy a new engine and put it on. It's easy to do.
 
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Old 11-06-10, 05:50 PM
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Where do I buy new Cheapest Engine from ?. Where do I get instruction on how to replace the engine ?.
 
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Old 11-06-10, 07:16 PM
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There are lots of places online to find engines. Get your model number and search it online and see all the different places to buy from and prices. Your local small engine shop might have one on the shelf as well. Replacing it is easy... there are 4 engine mounting bolts holding it to the mower, one holding the engine pulley on, a throttle cable, an electrical connector or two, a fuel line, and a starter wire to disconnect and reconnect. It's a 20 minute job for a pro, a bit longer for a novice.
 
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Old 11-06-10, 07:53 PM
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I tried to search by model but I could not find anything with model number 917.275761 . Any help will be greatly appreciated to find exact item. On searspartsdirect so many individual parts but not sure which one i need to buy and replace.``
 
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You need to search the model number of the engine, not the lawnmower. Look at the numbers stamped on the valve cover at the front of the engine. The model number is there.
 
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Old 11-07-10, 07:34 AM
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I found the model but still I am seeing individual parts online not the full engine. Model #31P777-0378-E1 - BRIGGS&STRATTON Engine
 
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Old 11-07-10, 09:55 PM
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Look up 31P777 on ebay or on a search engine and you'll find plenty. Make sure it has the same crankshaft dimensions as yours, it has electric start and an alternator and all should be fine.
 
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