Model #917388520 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

Front wheels won't rotate 917.388520

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

There is a fine line when tightening the wheels. You want them tight enough that the wheels spin, but not so tight that they can spin. The easiest thing to do, is just make the nuts snug, and then do a spin test on the wheel. If it spins freely, you are good. If it spins just a little, it would be too tight and you'll need to back it up just a bit until it spins freely. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
April 06, 2015
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I did that but if i leave them loose enough for the wheel to rotate the nut works its way loose and comes off. Then of course the wheel falls off. Any other thoughts? Loctite?

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Timothy -
April 06, 2015
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craftsman 6.5hp push mower will start but will not keep running

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Having one of the major tools not working correctly can be frustrating. I was able to find a link were it can help you understand what might be the problem with your mower.

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celene -
November 18, 2010
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Thank you for your question.

Usually when the mower starts and stalls, right away it has a dirty carburetor. 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
November 19, 2010
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