Model #917379244 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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starter pull cord 917379244 Craftsman Lawn mower


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You need to remove the cover from the top of the engine with the grill in it. There are some screws in the front of the cover holding it on.
Drill the four rivets holding the starter to the metal blower housing on the engine. Remove the starter from the blower housing.
Remove the pulley item 1210 from the starter assembly. Be careful as you remove the pulley to not let the spring item 1211 unwind. Remove any rope left in the pulley and attach the end of the starter rope to the pulley. 
Run the rope through the opening at the top of the starter, and install the pulley back into position on the starter housing. Rotate the pulley as you reel the rope inside the pulley. This will put the tension in the spring so it will retract the rope. 
The spring on the back of the pulley will unwind violently if it comes off the pulley. It can cut you or puncture you if this happens. Be very careful with the spring as you are doing this.
You will need some small bolts and nuts to replace the starter housing to the top of the engine. You can use pop rivets instead of bolts and nuts if you want.
I have also attached a video below that shows the general process for changing the rope in a Briggs engine. This mower is not model specific, but will show you the general process to service the rewind starter. 

Briggs Engine Rewind Starter Rope Repair

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 24, 2014

How do I replace the muffler on my Craftsman lawn mower model 917.379244?


The part number for the muffler is 394569S and can be ordered from this link. Muffler . The muffler is just screwed into the engine. To remove the muffler you need to use a large pair of pliers or a strap wrench. Once you have the pliers on the muffler turn it counter clock wise to unthread it. Just reverse these steps to reinstall the muffler. Here is a link to the strap wrench .

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired by a Sears technician. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations: Sears Home Services .

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Mark T Personal Solutions Manager -
Sears Technician
March 23, 2010

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