Model #917388971 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

How does the replacement spark plug boot connect to the spark plug wire coming out of the engine?

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When looking to make some adjustments on a tractor, Manage My Life is here to help. I am adding a link below that will provide you with step by step instructions to help you with your project. I hope this helps while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
October 05, 2011
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I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Craftsman Lawn Tractor's spark plug wire. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below.

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James -
October 05, 2011
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I will try to rephrase the question... The spark plug boot currently on the lawnmower will not stay on the top of the spark plug, and needs to be replaced. The replacement boot pictured is a boot only and shows no wire. How do I detach the old boot from the wire? cut it? unscrew?? Have not ordered the replacement boot yet and want to be sure that it will work. Did I explain this well enough?

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Anonymous -
October 06, 2011
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The boot does not hold the spark plug wire to the spark plug. There is a connector inside the boot that attaches to the top of the spark plug and holds the wire in place.

I think you would be better off to order the ignition module which will come with a new boot and connector.

You will need to remove the blower housing from the top of the engine to replace the ignition module.

When you install the new ignition module on the engine, leave the mounting screws loose and put a business card between the flywheel and the ignition module. Rotate the flywheel until the magnets are next to the ignition module. The magnets will pull the ignition module tight against the business card. Tighten the ignition module mounting screws and remove the business card. This will give you the .012 clearance you need between the ignition module and the flywheel.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
October 07, 2011
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Q:

push lawn mower wont start

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Lawn mower season raises dread in many of us that we will have these problems. It sounds like you have checked the most obvious issues. I found a previous expert post that has some other possible alternatives if you would like to check the post while you wait for the expert to review your model. I attached the link below..

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Barbara H. -
May 22, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the mower. Usually this time the problem is either old fuel or dirty carburetors. If the gas in the mower is older than five weeks old, it should be drained and refilled with fresh gas. If the gas is fine, I recommend cleaning the passages in the carburetor. Please click here to watch a video on how to clean the carburetor. make sure to work in a well ventilated area and use caution when working around gasoline. Once the carburetor is cleaned, reassemble and test the operation.

If you need further assistance, please feel free to reply below with more details.

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 .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 24, 2011
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