Model #917288032 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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engine failure,on lawn tractor 917288032 Craftsman Tractor


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This sounds like an issue within the carburetor or with fuel. Since the engine does start momentarily before dying, the spark is good. 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. 
Check the fuel lines for cracking or deterioration. If so, replace them. The tank is probably going to be grimy as well. Shoot carb cleaner into the tank and remove the fuel line so the varnished fuel/carb cleaner mix can drain. Shoot it until the carb cleaner comes out mostly clear without stale fuel. 

You could also opt to purchase a new carburetor depending on how varnished the current carburetor is and your skill level in this type of repair. Based upon your tractor model of 917.288032, I see it uses a Briggs & Stratton engine with a model of 31G777-0806-B1. Based upon that engine model, I show the replacement carburetor as part number 794572. You can also purchase a rebuild kit under that model on, but you will need to determine the brand of carburetor that you currently have as the carb kits are brand specific.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
September 20, 2014

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