Model #917386151 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

Fuel leak Craftsman Eager-1 mower 917386151 Craftsman Rotary lawn mower

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Sorry to hear of the fuel leak on this Tecumseh engine, I know how frustrating that can be to have occur.
I had a real tough time following your details. I presume you are referring to the carburetor when you mention the "silver cup" (float bowl), and you also mention the float is not staying in position to stock the leak.
I believe one of two things are happening to cause your float to stay open or in the down position. Either the float is fuel logged due to a puncture in the float causing it not to float properly, or you have a sticking needle/seat, also not causing the float to float properly. There wouldn't be a gasket or foam piece involved with the float. 
I would recommend to disassemble the carb and do a very thorough cleaning, paying close attention to the needle/seat are with a wire brush, and poke the main jet clean with a bread tie wire. After you scrub an area, douse it liberally with carb cleaner. 
While disassembled, unclip the float and put it in a small bucket or bowl with water. Allow it to float on the surface for a few minutes and see if it begins to take on water. If so, you will need a rebuild kit or a replacement float.
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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 10, 2014
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I need to change the pull start rope ... How simple is this procedure. 917386151 Craftsman Rotary lawn mower

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Rewind starter repairs can be tricky, even for technicians and the mechanically inclined. The trick is in tensioning the pulley/spring after tying the new ropes knot and to ensure it recoils back properly. There is almost a science to this process. I would recommend watching some YouTube videos on rewind starter repairs before attempting the repair to ensure it's something you feel comfortable handling. 
For mower model 917.386151, I see it uses a Tecumseh engine with a model of 143965006. Based upon that model number, the rewind starter is only being offered on this engine as a complete assembly, so the individual parts such as the rope are not being offered. This may be due to the technical challenge these types of repairs pose, and many manufacturers are only starting to offer the rewind starters as complete assemblies versus individual parts. 
Not to say you can't purchase a universal rewind starter rope and have it work, but you will need to located and obtain one. I would recommend watching some videos to start with, as describing the process over email would be daunting to fully comprehend. 
Hope this helps you out and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 04, 2014
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