Vitamaster Treadmillmodel #650
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craftsman rotary lawn mower 650 series B&G w/ electric start - can not get to run.....
model # 917.376743 Craftsman - mower have not been used for 3 yrs so - 1) clean it, drained the oil changed the air, blade, filter, gas, spark plug - tried to start no luck 2) checked the carb it was gunked, sprayed carburetor cleaner, and starter fluid - got one firing then died 3) changed gas, added sea foam to gas, and re-cleaned carburetor, more starter fluid - got one firing then died 4) rechecked the spark plug gap, ok, plug had a little oil specs on it, cleaned it , went thru the same steps, cleaned carburetor, starter fluid - got nothing. 5) Thought I would leave it over night and ask you all what I should do next...
Posted April 06, 2013
Joseph P., April 06, 2013
I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your mower. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. I am also adding a second link in where you can find a drop off location to have your mower repaired. I hope this helps with your research while you wait for your expert response.
Bill__W, April 08, 2013
Thanks for contacting ManageMyLife. I understand how frustrating it is having trouble with your appliance not working.
Usually when the mower starts and stalls, right away 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 order any parts you need.
If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears Home Services technician.
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