Model #316292621 CRAFTSMAN Front Tine, Gas Tiller

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carburetor connections to tank,and priming bulb 316292621 Craftsman Mini tiller/cultivator

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Tiller only runs while the prime switch is on. 316292621 Craftsman Mini tiller/cultivator

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the issue you're having with the tiller dying when the lever is pressed. I know how frustrating that is.

This sounds like an internal carburetor issue. More than likely, the main jet is partially plugged. You can disassemble the carburetor and try to give it a good cleaning. There are some great YouTube videos that show how to do it. There is not a rebuild kit possible, so if the cleaning doesn't help, a replacement carburetor (753-04333) will likely be needed.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
February 22, 2015
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Tiller starts but wont stay running 316292621 Craftsman Mini tiller/cultivator

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the issue you’re having with the tiller not running. I know how frustrating that is.

Due to the fact that it does fire, it sounds like its fuel related. You will more than likely need to clean the carburetor.  I would pull the carb from the engine. With a full can of carb cleaner, a wire brush, and a bread tie wire to poke through and clean the main jet; I would recommend a very thorough cleaning. Start by taking off the float bowl. Douse it very liberally with carb cleaner, and undo the pin for the float, and remove the needle and float. Clean them very thoroughly with the wire brush and carb cleaner. Pay close attention to the seat the needle sits in and clean it well. Once clean, start brushing the carb bowl and body and make sure you get all the varnish out. It may take three or four brushings with carb cleaner dousing in-between. From there, take the straw of the carb cleaner and shoot carb cleaner through any little hole or passageway of the carb. Shoot out the throat of the carb and poke the main jet with the bread tie wire. You have to make sure you get everything the first time, if you leave anything behind, it’s likely to reclog once you have it reassembled. 

If the carburetor is excessively varnished, you may need to replace it. The replacement carburetor is part number 753-04333. Also check the fuel lines for cracking or any deterioration. That can plug up the carburetor and cause these types of issues as well.

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business.  

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
February 15, 2015