Model #917258532 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Engine stalls

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Lots to do outdoors and a working lawn equipment is essential. I can see the need to find this cause. While you wait for the expert, you can check a previous expert post for stalling issues if you like. I attached the link below. Hope this helps.

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Barbara H. -
April 23, 2011
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If there is a fuel pump on the engine it could be failing. If the fuel tank is under the back seat or anywhere but up front it should have a pump.

If the fuel shutoff solenoid is failing or losing power this can happen. If you look on the bottom of the carburetor you should see a little device with wires going to it; that is the fuel shutoff solenoid. Check to make sure the plug there is secure; you may even unplug it and then plug it back.

How soon after starting does the problem start happening? What is the model number from the tractor?

You can reply back to me here on this thread and we can proceed as necessary.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
April 25, 2011
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The tractor model number is 917.258532. It has a Briggs & Stratton 15.5 HP engine, model 28N707 Type 0173-01. The problem only occurs when the gas tank gets half empty. It runs fine on a full tank of gas (Gravity feed). I've replaced the fuel filter (several times) and air filter with original parts. The gas hose seems fine and fuel poor out when disconnected so there is no obstructions. The gas cap seems fine. The problem will happen even if I leave the gas cap off.

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JMSouza -
April 25, 2011
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If the machine is running completely fine when the tank is full and only has the problem when the tank is half full then I would say there is a fuel delivery problem. I agree that the cap doesn't seem to be the issue. If the fuel line is too long that can cause similar problems. If the wrong filter is used odd things can happen, though it's usually not the case on a Briggs engine. Try running no filter and see what happens. If none of that works, replace the fuel line. It's very remotely possible for a carburetor problem to cause this, but I would find that a bit difficult to believe if the engine runs with zero problems when the tank is full.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
April 26, 2011
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I've had some discussions with 4 other technicians about this problem. We've come to the agreement that there may be something going on with the needle/seat inside the carburetor. Get a can of carburetor/choke cleaner from an auto parts store. Remove the bowl from the carburetor and then take the float/needle out. Spray carb/choke cleaner up through the jet where the needle valve seats (to back flush). Check the needle/seat to make sure there is no wear there. If the seat looks good, flip it over ("o" ring). Then put everything back together and see if we've made any headway.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
April 26, 2011
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Cleaning the carb as you described has helped. I can now run the mower until a quarter of a tank is left. I refilled it just to a half tank to prove the point and was on my way mowing again without stalling. The engine is getting old, 1996. Could a lack of vacuum, engine heat along with low fuel play into it at all? At this point, I can live with getting 3/4 of a tank out of it before refiling. It means I can do my whole lawn without stopping. The lawn tractor still cuts great and the lawn looks good.

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JMSouza -
April 26, 2011
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Because the fuel system is a gravity feed system, vacuum won't come into play. I'm glad you've made some progress. You can likely run some SeaFoam through and get the situation to improve a bit more. If you've not used SeaFoam before, you just mix it with the gasoline and it will do what it does as you use the machine. You can also likely make a bit more progress if you use carb cleaner again to back flush the needle valve. Let me know if we can do anything else.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
April 27, 2011
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the model number is 917.27435 and the gas tank is behind the dash, no fuel pump. runs good when cold after it gets hot under a load it will stall but will idol good

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John -
August 31, 2011
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@John, that may be the ignition coil failing that causes that. It could also be a head problem (blown gasket even) causing that.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
August 31, 2011
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I was thinking the same thing just wanted to know if there was any known problems

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John -
August 31, 2011
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What year was model 917258532 made?

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Tractor model number 917.258532 was manufactured in 1997. We don't have the original retail price for the tractor. The value today would depend on the way the tractor was cared for and used.

To get the exact date of manufacture you should get the serial number from the model tag under the seat.

The first 6 digits of the serial number are the date code. The first 2 digits are the month of manufacture. The second 2 digits are the day of the month. The third 2 digits are the year of manufacture. An example would be 041300. This would indicate April 13, 2000.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
January 21, 2010
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craftsman turbo cool model 917.258532 won't move after tranny purge and belt replaced. any ideas?

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Check to make sure you have the bypass valve in the drive position and not in the push position. Make sure the belt is on all of the pulley's. Check to see if the brake is sticking. Also, if the wheels have been off the tractor (to change a flat or something) it's possible that the wheel keys were left off or pushed out when putting the wheel(s) back on.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
July 01, 2009

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