Model #917388290 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Part Name on engine 917388290 Craftsman 5.5 hp 21" rear discharge rotary lawn mower

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Joseph P. -
May 11, 2013
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 Thank You for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com

I can understand the confusing when trying to replace the engine control cable. This part has several names: Control Cable, Throttle Cable, Engine Zone Control Cable. I was able to locate the part for you and I have provided some basic instructions down below. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. I have included a link to our PartsDirect page where you can purchase the part you need to complete your repair. Just click the blue link below to be taken to the page.

Engine Zone Control Cable for Model 917.388290

Installation and Adjustment

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Remove the cable housings using a pair of pliers. The housings will swivel off the base and slide down the cable. Detach the cable from the throttle arm on the engine. Remove the cable by opening the unit and unscrewing the lock screw on the handle.

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Thread the cable wire through the housing. Locate the wire base on the back of the engine and run the cable through the throttle base and the throttle arm.

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Slide the cable through the housing and then into the handle unit to attach it to the throttle handle. Make sure you have the throttle all the way down so the cable is tight. Pull the cable with a pair of pliers to make it tight and turn the lock screw. Replace all housings.

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Test the tension by replacing the throttle. Start the mower. Loosen the cable if the mower is running too high when set in the idle position. Loosen, not remove, the lock screw and feed a bit more cable through the slot and re-tighten the screw.

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Desirea -
Sears Technician
May 13, 2013
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Sears Lawnmower gasoline in crankcase

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A tractor is definitely something we depend on and when it begins to malfunction it can be a huge inconvenience. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached a helpful link below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Yadira B -
December 20, 2012
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Hello Gary,

I'm sorry to hear that your crankcase is filling with fuel and I would like to assist you. The common cause of this is the needle valve on the carburetor float failing to seal when the float bowl fills with fuel. I have attached an image of the carburetor with the needle and seal circled. You will want to remove the float bowl from the carburetor and inspect the needle and it's seat. The clip (#31) that holds the needle and the correct height and position, can also be bent or deformed and cause the needle to not seat properly.

Please let me know if you would like any further assistance. Sears Parts Direct is a direct link to parts for your engine.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
December 20, 2012
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Hi Jerry, From what you tell me, and from I saw on a few other similar posts, it probably is the needle and seat. They both looked OK to me when I had it apart, and I looked but did not find any seats or seals showing obvious problems. As this was the first time for the carb to have ever been removed or disassembled, I'm not sure how the needle-holding clip might have gotten deformed. But I have worked on enough different kinds of engines and their complicated attachments to know that things happen. A local store shows that they have the repair kit (#60) on hand. Because it's not terribly expensive, I might as well pick one up and use those parts to replace anything that is questionable. But probably not until after Christmas, as there are too many other things to be done, and I don't need to run the mower again for a while. Maybe after that, it won' take so much priming to start! Thank you for your suggestions.

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Gary -
December 21, 2012
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Hello Gary,

Thank you for the reply. I understand the wait until after the holiday, probably won't need the mower for a while either! One more thing that you will want to do is to replace the fuel line between the tank and the carburetor because it is not too uncommon for the line to deteriorate and debris from it to cause the issue with the needle valve. Be sure to clean the port that runs from the needle valve to the fuel inlet very well.

Please let me know if you would like any further assistance.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
December 21, 2012
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Thanks for the reminder about the fuel line. I had replaced it a couple of years ago due to obvious exterior cracks showing. That fuel line deterioration back then is probably the original cause for the leak into the crankcase. I think I'll have an opportunity to brave the mall and pick up the kit at Sears. Thanks again!

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Gary -
December 21, 2012
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Craftsman Lawnmower Leaking Gas

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Brian, I'm sorry about the difficulties your having with your Craftsman lawnmower leaking gas. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that I hope will help until your expert can answer your specific question. I attached the link below. I hope the provided information is useful to you.

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James -
May 10, 2011
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Thanks. I read the article and that seems to be what's occurring. When I remove the air filter, there's a small plastic red tube exposed and that's where it's leaking gas.

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Brian -
May 10, 2011
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I recommend you get carburetor rebuild kit number 49-019 from HERE and then rebuild/clean your carburetor. You can watch THIS VIDEO as a reference for cleaning the carburetor.

Make sure to check the oil in your mower as this problem will often result in the crankcase being contaminated with gasoline. If it smells like gas and is over the full more, change the oil before you run the engine again.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 11, 2011
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Thanks. I did order the rebuild kit and will give it a go when it arrives next week. Oddly, out of desperation, I put a little gas in my mower yesterday because I needed to cut my lawn. It started right up and no longer appears to be leaking gas. Could it have "fixed itself"? Thanks, Brian

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Brian -
May 12, 2011
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Yes, that is possible. There could have been a piece of debris blocking the needle valve from closing and it moved in the process of the mower moving. At the very least, I recommend you take the bowl off the carburetor and clean it out.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 13, 2011
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Thanks Wade. I did purchase the rebuild kit, and it's being shipped. I'll probably go through cleaning it out regardless as you've suggested, I don't want to find it leaking again in the future. It could make a mess of my garage ... and gas is way too expensive these days to waste. Thanks again.

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Brian -
May 13, 2011
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