Model #917271642 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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the mower is like new 917271642 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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Marc -
June 21, 2013

This could be a fuel problem or a problem with the ignition system on machine. When the engine quits, you'll need to immediately pull the fuel hose at the carburetor and make sure you're getting fuel. If you do have fuel down to the carburetor then we know fuel is getting there.

Check for spark once you know fuel is getting to the carburetor. To do that: Remove the spark plug (it will be hot) and plug it back into the lead. Now use insulated pliers to hold the threaded base against the block while you turn the key (as if to start). While the engine is spinning, you should have spark on the tip of the spark plug. If you do not have spark then it's likely the ignition coil has failed.

Let me know what you find.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
June 23, 2013
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What is causing gas to stop flowing on my tractor?


The solenoid on the bottom of the carburetor is the fuel shutoff solenoid. If it's failing or losing power you can have the issue of the tractor dying out and not starting back up. You can normally hear it "click" when you turn the key on. When the mower dies out, you can turn the key on and listen for it. If you hear it click, chances are that it's not your problem.

Check your fuel cap to make sure it's vented. Loosen the cap a little bit and see if the mower still dies out. If it doesnt, then there's a good chance that the fuel cap is the problem.

Outside of those things, that type of little problem would be best addressed by a technician. It's really almost a guessing game.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 22, 2009

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