Model #917378890 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

where is the oil drain plug for this mower? 917378890 Craftsman Lawn mower

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 
This engine doesn't have a drain plug for changing the oil. On page 13 of the owner's manual, it shows that you will need to take the engine oil cap off and tip the mower to it's side to drain the oil in a container. 
For convenience, I have included a blue link below that you may click on to be directed to the SearsParts site to view and download the manual for this model, it covers some good maintenance procedures that should be done besides the oil change. 

Owners Manual for Model 917378890

Hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
April 22, 2014
Q:

Lawnmower not starting

A:

Lawn mowers are great for getting the work done around the yard and help save you time. It can be somewhat problematic when it will not start. I was able to find some information that I am hoping will assist you. I am adding the links below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. I do hope this will help you.

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Marc H -
April 13, 2012
A:

Thank you for your question.

Usually when the mower starts and stalls, right away it has a dirty carburetor. First, make sure the fuel is no older than 5 weeks old. I would think the fuel is fresh this late in the mowing season. Next check the air filter. If the air filter is plugged the mower may not run. If the air filter is clean and the fuel is fresh, I recommend cleaning the carburetor.

To clean the carburetor you have to remove the spark plug wire and tip the mower on to its side. Make sure the oil fill tube is towards the ground. Then remove the float bowl nut on the bottom of the carburetor. Some fuel will leak out so do this in a well-ventilated area. Remove the float bowl, clean it with carburetor cleaner, and dry it. Do not get carburetor cleaner on the rubber gasket. The cleaner will expand the rubber and renders it useless. Next, put the straw on the spray nozzle of the carburetor cleaner. Spray the cleaner in to the holes where the float bowl nut came from. These are the fuel pick up tubes. Once those are flushed, clean the holes on the float bowl nut. I recommend cleaning the holes with bread tie wire and carburetor cleaner. Then assemble the carburetor.

I have found a video that will aid in cleaning the carburetor. Click here to watch the video.

Tip the mower back up right and test the operation. If the engine does the same starting and stalling, I recommend replacing the carburetor.

I hope this is helpful.

If you need further assistance, please reply with more details below.

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If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 15, 2012
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Q:

Self propel not working 917378890 Craftsman Lawn mower

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Thanks for contacting ManageMyLife.com. I understand how frustrating it is having trouble with the self propel not working on the lawnmower. We are here to help. There is several things that needs to be checked when the self propel stops working. It may be a drive cable out of adjustment, the inside tire gears worn out, the pinion gears worn out, and a belt out of adjustment. The owners manual shows how to adjust and replace the belt. I hope this helps.

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John H -
Sears Technician
September 17, 2013

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