Craftsman Garden Tractor

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Old 04-24-13, 09:32 AM
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Craftsman Garden Tractor

I have a Craftsman GT-5000 garden tractor that's about 7 years old with a Kohler Pro V - Twin 25 Model CV730-0017 engine in it. I just changed the oil and sparks plugs and cleaned off the contacts on the armature. The engine will crank but not start. The bowl will fill, and flood with fuel to where I just stop trying to start it since it is flooded. When I spray starter fluid type spray in to the spark plug sockets and / or the carbuerator it fires up and seems like it burns that out and then shuts off again. Advice please. The weeds are getting taller and my wife wants to hire someone to cut the acreage.
 
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Old 04-24-13, 09:41 AM
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Go easy on the starting fluid. It's not good for the engine. It sounds like you have a carburetor problem. When you say the bowl fills and floods with fuel is gas pouring or dripping out of the carburetor? If so you could have a worn out or mis-adjusted needle valve or a sunk float.
 
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Old 04-24-13, 11:22 AM
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Yep, rebuild carburetor, sounds like what Pilot is talking about,,,check the float and make sure it does not have fluid in it,,,shake it. If it has a brass seat make sure to polish it as residue from our 10% gas will cause a build up or make the needle flake apart,,,good luck.
 
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Old 04-24-13, 09:38 PM
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I took apart the carb just short of removing it from the tractor. I did find green gunk settling in and was able to clean it up and the related parts. I put everything back together and now nothing. The lights come on when I place the ignition switch to that position. When I select to run the blades, then I hear a click and see the voltmeter deflect, however when I place that switch in the not run position I don't hear the click, nor is there a deflection on the voltmeter gauge. The brake pedal is depressed all of the way, the seat switch is good after I put a voltmeter on it. Further help please?
 
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Old 04-24-13, 10:15 PM
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Check for voltage at the solenoid trigger wire while trying to start. If none, check for voltage at the same wire on the back of the keyswitch while starting. If you have it at the switch, but not the solenoid, there is most likely a safety switch problem. If there is power at the small wire at the solenoid when starting, but the solenoid doesn't click, then the solenoid is either not grounded, or bad.
 
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Old 04-25-13, 05:13 AM
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When you pull the switch to run blades that click noise is the clutch engauging, make sure switch is in the off position or mower will not start. Did it crank before you took carb apart? Do what Cheese has suggested and you will find it I'm sure.
 
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Old 04-28-13, 08:29 PM
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Thank you VERY much for the help. Turns out I chased the 12v through the various switches and as I noticed it I went to make sure everything was hooked up and it wouldn't start. Then I checked at the back of the blade engage switch and it was there, checked at the starter and nothing. Wiggled the wires and it was there again. I have a bad wire. I got it started and it runs great and now I just need to replace the bad wire run.
 
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Good to hear you found it. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.
 
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