Model #917376736 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

Sears mower 917.376736 barely starts, dies after a few seconds

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Hi! Doug, sorry to hear that you continue to have problems with your mower after you have tried some repairs. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached a helpful link below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Yadira B -
August 12, 2012
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If not due to engine damage, I also tend to think clogged fuel line/dirt in fuel line ie carburetor. Guy at hardware store confident was from bad gas, so I got a new gas can, new gas, 30w 4 cycle oil, drained oil out of mower (only about 4-6 ounces came out which i guess could have been because engine is cold). Then I rinsed out mower gas tank with fresh gas, put some more fresh gas in mower gas tank, put some oil in mower oil tank, and still having same problem. Either does not catch at all, or runs very weakly for 5 -12 seconds before quitting. Any thought before I dismantle my 1st carburetor ?

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Doug -
August 12, 2012
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Success ! Got the courage to see how hard it would be to dismantle carburetor. Never got that far. After I took off air filter, there was a spring behind it with the "aft" or rear end hooked onto perhaps a drive control wire, and the forward loop of the spring was just lying there, not looped onto anything. Perhaps the governor spring, of page 41 of mower owner's manual, key# 209, (sears?/briggs & stratton?) part #699056. There was a circular hole (on the frame?) that would easily fit a spring loop that had scratches on it, so of course I looped the front end of the spring into the hole, replaced the air filter, replaced the spark plug wire, gave the starter a yank and mower fired right up. Praise the Lord ! Maybe my wife's and my prayers helped !

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Doug -
August 12, 2012
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I am showing my lack of knowledge of mowers. Perhaps the spring is attached to the "operator presence control wire" as the drive control would be located elsewhere I believe

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Doug -
August 12, 2012
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My lawn mower has the same key# 209, ( part #699056). The big loop is attached to the loop on the #202 link-Mechanical governor. the small loop with the spring end is attach to a metal bracket in the front of the lawn mower(looking back the bracket looks like a "T" on its side) The 209 is parallel to the 202. I didn't see a hole on my bracket, but your may be. I believe as long as the 209 is parallel to the 202 you are good to go. My lawn mower model is 917.374062, just in case you want to see what the 202 link looked like.

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Eisen -
August 12, 2012
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fyi. You might get more answers if your question has "Lawn" in it. I tried to find your question after looking at my lawn mower and it was hard to find. May God bless you and your wife and your lawn.

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Eisen -
August 12, 2012
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Eisen- thank you for your help ! Will look more closely at schematic on your mower when I get a chance. I just know there was a hole nearby that looked like it previously held the end of a spring due to the scratches and I believe it is parallel to the other loop. God bless you Eisen !

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Doug -
August 13, 2012
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Hello Doug,

I'm glad that you were able to get things figured out with Eisen's help! Thank you Eisen! The part that Eisen referred to, 699056 is correct and can be found at this link. I have included some images at the end of this reply to assist you.

Please let me know if I may be of any further assistance.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
August 13, 2012
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