Model #917389611 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

Have a 917.389611 rotary lawn mower. Replaced the carburetor and can't figure out how the carburetor linkage goes back on. Manual is not clear.

A:

Getting things apart is always easier. The expert will be able to get this explained clearly. In the meantime, you can check a similar question I found on another site if you like. I also attached the schematic so you can see the exploded view of the mower. I attached the links below. Hope this helps!

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Barbara H. -
September 10, 2010
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I have provided you with a few images below showing how the linkage should connect on most of our models. I believe your model is depicted below. I hope this is helpful.

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Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 11, 2010
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Yes, that was a huge help. It helped me realize that whoever assembled the mower in the first place obviously did not know what they were doing either. The linkage has always been assembled incorrectly. We are up and running! Thanks!

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Steve -
September 11, 2010
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I have the same problem above. Trying to put the linkage together. Can you repost the pic again? Thanks.

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Jim -
April 22, 2015
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lawn mower won't start. craftsman eagle 1. model 917389611.

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I know this type of information can be very helpful for you to have. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the unit. I was unable to locate information that would be helpful with regards to your question at this time. Your expert will answer within 24-48 hours with detailed information. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Alina F. -
October 22, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

Usually when the mower starts and stalls, right away or does not start at all it has a dirty carburetor. First, make sure the fuel is no older than 5 weeks old. I would think the fuel is fresh this late in the mowing season. Next 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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If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 23, 2011
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