Model #917389060 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Mower will start but stop after a couple seconds 917389060 Craftsman Mower

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sounds like your cab might need to be cleaned or may be going bad.i would try cleaning it first clean the jets in carb removing any clogged dirt etc.you say it runs but its sluggish. that sounds like a carb issue. also you might want to check spark plug to see if it needs to be replaced. a expert will be able to give you suggestions to look for.hope this helps good luck

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John -
May 29, 2015
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Thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com. I will be more than happy to assist you. I can understand any frustration you may have experienced with regards to your unit. Let’s see what we can do for you.

This has all the symptoms of vapor lock. The main thing with this would be the gas cap. There a little vent holes and if these are clogged then the mower will die when it gets hot, cause there’s nowhere for the vapor from the fuel to go. I would recommend replacing the gas cap, this should fix your issue.

Hope this information has helped you. If you are not comfortable doing this repair you can click here to schedule a technician or call toll free 1-800-469-4663. Again, thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com.

 

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JeffwallaceIII -
Sears Technician
May 29, 2015
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Thank you both for your help. I first tried replacing the gas cap but still had the same issue. I then went to check the carburetor and it looked very clean. I was surprised that it looked like it was almost new. I did not find any dirt or nothing clogged. I did not do anything to it but just to look at it. I put everything back together and the mower started and runs almost like its new. I really can't tell for sure what the problem was, if the gas cab, the carb or combination of both. Whatever it was, it is now running like a champ. Thanks again both for your help!

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Rodolfo -
May 30, 2015
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Lawnmower sometimes starts, most times won't

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So your mower failed at the half way point? Let's do something about that... After reading your message I did some quick research and found two links that I've provided below for you. The first link might address that "dinging" issue you mentioned. You will be hearing from your expert on that model shortly. I hope this helps you and have a nice day.

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Henry -
August 09, 2012
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Hello Jerry,

I'm sorry to hear that your mower will not start and I would like to assist you. Before diagnosing or repairing your engine, be sure to remove the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting and use personal protective gear, such as goggles. From the description, it sounds like the timing key on the crank and flywheel, has sheared. This key keeps the flywheel in the right position on the crankshaft and if it breaks or actually shears off, the engine will be out of time and the spark will occur at the wrong moment. The other possibility is that the magneto has come loose and is hitting the flywheel. The magneto is what generates the spark and has the spark plug wire attached to it. Here is a video that shows a teardown of these parts.

Just be sure to check the magneto for tightness before removing the flywheel. Please let me know what you find and if you would like any further assistance.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
August 10, 2012
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Thanks for all the tips. I replaced the blade. the air filter and the spark plug, and cleaned the carburetor. It really tries to start but just puffs smoke and won't get going. It makes a "bad" sound like an unbalanced washing machine. It sounds like the blade is hitting the deck but I know it isn't. Not sure what the sound is but I'm sure it isn't good - sounds like something has come apart inside or is about to. Anyone, rather than pay to get it checked and then fixed, I think I'll save those fees and just get a new one.

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Jerry -
August 14, 2012
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Hello Jerry,

I understand that there is a strange noise from the mower; it is highly likely that the flywheel key has sheared. The engine will not start, may backfire and can also make loud mechanical / metallic noises. Be sure to watch the video that I posted prior and let me know if you would still like to attempt a repair.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
August 16, 2012
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oil type

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Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on lawn mowers and power tools. I would suggest that you provide the model # so your expert will be able to provide you the best possible answer. Just click on reply below and the provide the required data. If you want, you can click on manuals at the top of the screen and put in your model # then click search. Be sure to log in. If you ever have trouble navigating through the web page do not hesitate to call the 1800 # at the bottom of the page and a Sears associate will be happy to assist you.

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James -
March 22, 2011
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The engine on your mower uses 30wt High Detergent motor oil. Any brand will be fine, I typically use Pennzoil because my local auto parts store stocks it more often than other brands.

You mentioned that you'd misplaced your manual; you can go HERE to view/print/download a copy of your manual (free).

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
March 22, 2011
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