Model #917387030 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

have mower 917387030 engine 143.974010 fuel is leaking from air filter which internal parts of carb will i need to repair same. capable of mechanics

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Fuel coming out of the air filter would be a concern. The expert will review this model and provide step by step instructions. In the meantime, I did locate two similar questions that may help. I attached to the links below. I hope these help.

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Barbara H. -
March 24, 2012
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This problem will most likely be due to a sticking needle or a bad seat (for the needle). You can try cleaning the carburetor to see if that will alleviate the problem. I don't show a specific rebuild for this carburetor so any parts that are worn out will have to be individually replaced. If it turns out you do need parts for the carburetor, you can go HERE with the engine model number to locate those parts.



I recommend you watch THIS VIDEO and THIS VIDEO to see the cleaning procedure done on carburetors that are very similar to what you have.



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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
March 26, 2012
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My lawn mower won't start

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Troubleshooting a problem like this does require some direction before taking the mower apart. While you wait for the expert to review your model and provide help, you can check a similar question from a previous expert post for a like issue. I attached that link below along with a second link to help you with your mower problem. I hope my links are useful.

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Joseph P. -
August 24, 2011
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Before troubleshooting the engine, be sure the gas in the tank is less than 5 weeks old or has been treated with fuel stabilizer.

To troubleshoot the engine you first need to establish if the problem is in the fuel supply or the spark to the spark plug. Set the choke to on or push the primer on the carburetor 4-5 times and crank the engine over 6-8 times. Remove the spark plug and inspect the tip to see if it is wet.

If the spark plug is wet the carburetor is furnishing fuel to the engine. You need to check any switches or wires that can be grounding out the ignition module and killing the spark.

Some walk-behind mowers have a switch on the throttle control that grounds out the ignition module when you set the throttle to the slowest position. This switch can malfunction or the wire can be shorted to ground. If you don�t find a problem in the switches or wiring or if your mower doesn�t have any safety switches the ignition module is probably bad.

If the spark plug is dry the problem is probably in the fuel supply to the engine. This could be a problem in the fuel line or filter from the fuel tank to the carburetor. Disconnect the fuel line from the carburetor and let the gas run into a clean container for 1-2 minutes. The gas should flow a steady stream the diameter of the inside of the fuel line. If this flow slows or stops there is a restriction in the fuel line or filter.

Some engines have a fuel shut of solenoid mounted to the bottom of the carburetor. When the ignition switch is turned to run the solenoid should click and snap open. You should be able to hear the click and feel the snap with your hand on the solenoid. If there is no click test the voltage to the solenoid. If you have 12 volts dc to the solenoid and it is not clicking, replace the solenoid. Sometimes the plunger on the solenoid gets gummed up and needs cleaning. If you have a good gas flow the problem is probably in the carburetor. The carburetor should be replaced.

Please let me know what you find with these checks and I will be happy to assist you further on the mower.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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 -
Sears Technician
August 25, 2011
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Craftsman lawn mower 917387030 - cannot locate replacement grass catcher.

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A very helpful website to locate parts is the Parts Direct website. If you have any questions or difficulties you can chat or speak with an associate that will be more than happy to assist you. I have provided the link below. I hope this helps! http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action

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Jacqueline S -
October 29, 2010
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Thank you. I called. The person who answered did not know the answer. She said the newer catcher might or might not fit. I did google and find the old catcher (used one) but now I don't know when the cut off was on the change in catchers/mower models. I believe that there is a site called 'appliance411.com' but you need a serial number to get the date the product was manufactured. I am going by the Uncle this weekend and will look up the serial number and try this site and then call searsparts again. Thank you for the a response - appreciate it. Tom

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Tom -
October 29, 2010
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That mower appears to be have been made in 1996. The grass catcher 33072 should work for that mower. That is the catcher number that the manufacturer calls for on it.

On the mower, if you locate the model/serial number tag, the serial number should have a series of numbers, then a letter and more numbers. That first series of numbers before the letter should indicate the date it was produced. It will follow a month/day/year format. So, for today it would be 123010B123456.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 30, 2010
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Thank you for the help! Awesome and fast response from all!!! Tom

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Tom -
October 30, 2010
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