Model #917298240 CRAFTSMAN Front Tine, Gas Tiller

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need image of the carburetor and fuel tank for Craftsman tiller model number 917298240 917298240 Craftsman 5 h.p. tiller

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Based upon Craftsman tiller model 917.298240, I see it uses a Briggs & Stratton engine with a model of 130202-3130-01. Based upon that model, I was able to verify the part number for the carburetor as 498298 and the fuel tank as 495370. Both of these parts have been substituted in place of the original part numbers. They may differ slightly in appearance but will be the equivalent to the originals. 
For convenience, I have provided blue links below that you may click on to be directed to the SearsParts page to view and purchase the parts if needed.

Fuel Tank for Model 130202-3130-01

Carburetor for Model 130202-3130-01

Hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 01, 2014
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1987 Craftsman Rototiller Engine Question

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James -
March 28, 2012
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This link appeared to be how to remove a fuel tank on a different model #. I am looking on how to find my carburetor so I can clean it....?? Ed

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Ed -
March 29, 2012
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The pieces that are moving are the linkage to the carburetor. The carburetor bolts to the top of the fuel tank and the air cleaner mounts on top of the carburetor.

Take a picture of the carburetor linkage before removing the carburetor so you can get it back correctly.

I am sending an image of the carburetor and fuel tank. I hope this helps.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 30, 2012
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Jimmy, Thanks for the picture and tips. I'll take a look at it in the next few days. It seems to be a little involved for a novice. Based on what I explained about the problems and the video I attached, do you think it is the carburetor? Where do I exactly spray the carb. cleaner at? Thanks so much for the response back. Ed

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Ed -
March 30, 2012
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Ed, before you take the fuel tank and carburetor off the engine, with the engine turned off, move the link on the carburetor throttle plate as far as the spring will let you. Release the link and it should snap back to the original position. If this linkage is binding, it will cause the engine to "search". You might cure the problem by spraying carburetor cleaner or WD40 on the linkage and working it back and forth. Sometimes you need to straighten the linkage with needle nose pliers to stop the binding. When cleaning the carburetor, you spray the carburetor cleaner through the fuel and air passages inside the carburetor. Wash any strainer and spray carb cleaner through all passages. Blow the passages out with compressed air after spraying the carb cleaner. Run a piece of soft wire through the passages before and after spraying with carb cleaner. I do think the problem is in the carburetor.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 31, 2012
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Jimmy, Thanks for the info. I'll let you know how I make out. Have a good weekend! Ed

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Ed -
March 31, 2012
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Good luck Ed.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 31, 2012
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Jimmy, I opened up the carb and sprayed some good cleaner in there and it's still running the same. I tried the wd-40 to and no luck. Maybe it's time to take it somewhere to get serviced. How do I find a good service place but not crazy expensive for a 1987 tiller? Any thoughts on that...? Thanks again, Ed

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Ed -
April 02, 2012
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Ed, I am only familiar with Sears Service. You can cal 1-800-469-4663 and talk to an agent about bringing the tiller in or getting a technician to come to your house. The agent should be able to give you an idea of price. Good luck.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
April 02, 2012
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Ok great thanks

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Ed -
April 02, 2012
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