Model #917389061 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Craftsman 190cc* Briggs & Stratton Engine, High Wheel Rear Bag Push Mower pull cord replacement 917.389061


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In order to remove the rewind starter assembly from the blower housing, you will need to drill the rivets out. A 3/16" drill bit should work. Once the repair is done, you can use nuts and bolts to secure it back together. The manufacturer uses rivets in the manufacturing process for speed of assembly, but they do not require you to reuse rivets upon reinstallation. 
Once the rivets are removed, the rewind starter will be accessible, and you can replace the rope.
If you order the rewind starter assembly, the assembly will include nuts and bolts for reinstallation. However, it would be easy enough to just replace the rope and match up some smaller nuts and bolts for reinstallation. 
If you need additional visuals or guidance, YouTube has some great videos to watch to become familiar with the process; it might be worth checking out.
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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 11, 2014

pushmower pull cord disconnect

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Jackie S -
October 21, 2011

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the flywheel nut. The torque of the nut secures the cup and the flywheel. The nut should be torqued to 55-foot pounds. If you have torqued the nut and it still came loose, I recommend checking for a bent blade or crankshaft. If either of these parts are bent it would cause the engine to vibrate. In addition, if you have ever had a bent blade you should check the flywheel key. If the key is partly sheared the engine timing is thrown off and will cause the engine to fire at the wrong time. That could also cause the nut to loosen. I have found a video that shows how to replace the key. Click here to watch the video.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance on the mower.

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 .

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 22, 2011
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Craftsman lawn mower - starts, sputters, revs, dies. new gas, sparkplug, air filter, and oil.


I know how frustrating this problem can be when you are trying to get outdoor chores done. I always keep my owner's manual on hand for these type of problems. Sometimes it can be helpful. I attached the owner's manual for your mower below, in case you did not have it. I also found a similar problem on a web site that may offer some solutions while you wait for the expert to answer. Hope that mower is working soon.

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Barbara H. -
October 10, 2010

There are 2 things that come to mind based on everything you said is going on.

  • Plugged vent in fuel cap.
  • Carb in need of cleaning.

To check for the fuel cap issue, just loosen the cap a bit and see if the problem goes away.

To clean the carburetor, you will need about 15-30 minutes and a can of spray carb/choke cleaner (available at any auto-parts retailer).

I prefer to take the carburetor completely off the engine to clean it. Once it's off, remove the screw that holds the bowl on. Clean the bowl out with the carb cleaner and a cloth. Then spray cleaner up through the valve and clean the needle. Any jets that are visible need to have cleaner sprayed down through them. If you see obvious signs of blockage that the spray will not blow out, you can use a very fine wire to clear the hole out.

This should take care of the problem with the engine not running as it should. If the mower sat with fuel in the tank for more than about 4 weeks, I can tell you that you need to go ahead and plan to open the carb up and clean it.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 11, 2010
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