Lawn mower carburetor


Old 11-06-10, 11:27 AM
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Lawn mower carburetor

I have a craftsman rotary lawn mower 550 series briggs & stratton engine 21" rear-discharge model no. 917.371741.
it starts but does not stay running for more than a second. Now, I keep hearing remove the carburetor but where is the carburetor on this machine. Is it the thing On top of the gas tank. If it is I removed it and clean it and it still does not run for more than a second.

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Old 11-06-10, 04:32 PM
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You need to replace the diaphragm between the carb and gas tank.
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You need to install a new diaphram kit, it is Briggs part # 795083 or old # 495770 also Lowe's has a kit #5083 which has the same parts.
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Remove air cleaner, there are 2 bolts that hold things together, one on the front of the tank 3/8" and one into the block 1/2", remove these bolts, now "slowly" slide the carb/tank off the intake tube and breather tube, now tilt the tank in to release the throttle linkage and waalaa the carb/tank is removed. Check the intake tube to see if the O ring seal and plastic retainer are still on the intake tube, if so remove them and re-install them into the carb. Remove the 5 screws from the carb/tank remove carb(don't loose the spring) now spray all holes, cracks and crevases in both the carb and tank surface with brake parts cleaner, remove the main screen(looks like a thimble), now with a small screwdriver pry out the main jet(carefully) and clean it, check the O ring on the main jet for damage, if it is damaged it must be replaced, reinstall the jet, it can be difficult some times to get it to snap back in place(I use the rounded end of a screwdriver handle). Remove and clean the fuel pickup stem(not necessary if the fuel tank was clean). Clean any junk/rust from the tank. Install the diaphram on the tank then the gasket(no goo or sealer) now carefully replace the carb(the spring will try to misalign the diaphram), tighten all screws a little at a time so as not to crimp the diaphram until they are all tight. Install the carb/tank in reverse order and you are done. If I missed something one of the real mechanics will correct me. Have a good one. Geo
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I replace the diaphrgm and clean out the tank and carb, vut still starts but doesn't stay running
Old 11-13-10, 05:57 PM
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Thanks for all you help I replace the diapragm and cleaned out the vcarb and tank. It turned out to be a gas issue even though gas was only three days old

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