Model #917388114 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Lawn mower starts after primed then stalls..


Having your lawn mower fail to run properly can be very aggravating. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the unit. At this time, I was unable to locate information that would be helpful in regards to your question. Some of these questions that are asked will need specific research and will be answered by an expert with-in two business days but usually sooner.

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Julio -
May 10, 2013

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. 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.


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 had a customer send me a link to video he found that shows how to clean the carburetor. The engine is not exactly the same as yours but it will give you a general idea. Here is a link to that video  


I hope this is helpful.


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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 12, 2013
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Front of mower 917.388114 is higher than rear. wheels are in the same height position. Is this normal?


It is normal for the front of the deck to be slightly higher than the rear. This is called the "rake" of the deck and helps with the vacuum to lift the grass for cutting.

Half of an inch seems too much. Be sure the adjustment arms are on the exact same mark.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2008

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