Model #1020 Dirt Devil vacuum, upright

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Q:

Kenmore Washer starts and stops every 10-20 seconds

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Based on your symptom the motor is likely overheating and shutting off by the motor thermal overload. Once it cools and resets the motor starts again. The motor could be faulty or the speed switch. Try running it on a different speed by switching the cycle modifier/speed switch to a different setting and see if continues to stop. This type of failure will require a service technician with the proper test equipment to diagnose which one is faulty. If it's a faulty motor, the cost of the motor is approximately $160.00 and the speed switch is approximately $26.00.

I highly recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your washer or maybe think about purchasing a new washer.

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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Joey S -
Sears Technician
July 11, 2011
Q:

i have an ariens riding mower 6hp model# 912010 that won't start, or if it does it shuts off after 10-20 min

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the mower. If the engine dies after 10 to 20 minutes, I suspect the ignition module is the problem. What happens is the ignition coil heats up and fails. Once it cools down it will run again. To verify this you need to check for spark next time it dies. To check for spark, remove the spark plug and connect the ignition wire to the spark plug. Hold the bottom of the spark plug to a clean area on the engine block. Use insulated pliers or gloves to hold the spark plug to prevent shock. Get someone to pull the starter rope or engage the starter and see if you get a blue spark from the anode of the spark plug to the base of the plug. If there is no spark the ignition module on the engine is bad. The parts can be ordered from the following link. Mower parts

If the engine does have spark the problem is likely fuel related. The carburetor is not getting fuel to the engine.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.
Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 11, 2012
A:

stnic1234,
The ignition coil is located under the metal housing on the top of the engine. The spark plug wire comes from the coil. The problem could be caused by a plugged vent in the cap. To check this just loosen the cap and see if the engine will start. If it does, I recommend replacing the cap.

Please let me now if you need further assistance.
Thank you for using Manage My Life!

Thank you, Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 15, 2012
A:

stnic1234,

If the engine runs fine once you have it started, I would check the choke. If the choke plate is not closing all the way when you have it choked it would be harder to start. If this engine uses a primmer instead of a choke, I recommend priming it a few more times before you try to start it.

I hope this is helpful. Please include the model number off the engine if you need further assistance. Then I will know exactly what model you have.

Thank you for using Manage My Life! Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 09, 2012
A:

stnic1234,

If the mower has a choke cable, it will have a cable mount near the carburetor. If the choke plate is not closed when the choke is on, you need to loosen the cable mount and pull the cable back so the plate closes. Once it is closed, tighten the cable mount, and check the operation.

If yours is not set up like this, please post an image of the carburetor side of the engine. I should be able to tell what set up you have by the picture.

Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 12, 2012
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19.5hp Craftsman Tractor spins but won't crank. Is solenoid the problem?

A:

Thank you for the question. If the tractor ran out of gas, it can take a little while for the gas to get to the carburetor. If the tractor did not run out of gas the problem could one of many possibilities. If the starter is making a humming noise, it might be engaged into the flywheel. To solve this I recommend turning the engine backwards to see if you can disengage the starter. That sometimes works. You go not want to run the starter more than ten seconds because it could over heat the motor and ruin the starter. I don’t believe the solenoid is bad. If it were, the starter would not make any noise.

Once you have, the starter fixed please us the following to determine the not starting problem.

There are three basics the engine needs: Ignition, Compression, and Fuel. The specifics can vary from model to model, and your Manage My Home profile did not list what model this might be, but there are some quick checks you can do to see if you have these three basics. I am assuming from your question that this is a engine with a good battery and that it is just turning over and not firing at all, but even if that is not the case these basic checks can still help narrow down the source of the problem. First, go back to the spark plug. Remove the leads, or wires, that connect from the engine to the plug. Remove the plug and put them back in the leads. Now position the leads so the metal end of the plug is against the engine or another clean unpainted metal ground point. Keep your hands away from the plugs so you do not get shocked, and turn the key to the start position. Look for sparks at the ends of the Spark Plug. Look careful as they might be hard to see in sunlight or other bright lights. If there is spark there then you have ignition, the first of the three basics. If not, you likely have an electrical problem that needs to be traced. The engine should have been spinning over faster once the plug was removed and you should hear air rushing out of the spark plug holes in puffs. You could even try putting a thumb or finger over each plug hole to see if the pressure pushes your finger off when turning over, just be careful not to touch the grounded plugs so you do not get shocked. If that all happens then you have the second ingredient, compression. If not then you may need a valve adjustment or may have a broken component inside the engine. That leaves fuel. Check the tips of the plug you just removed, if fuel is reaching the engine there should be some residue there and they should look somewhat wet. If you used your finger to check compression then you may even see some residue on your finger. If there is fuel here, your problem may be old fuel or a timing issue. Try putting a small amount of good fuel into the throat of the carburetor and turn the key to start. If your problem is fuel related only, the engine should now try to start, or even run, until the fuel you put in is gone. That would indicate the fuel supply is being stopped in the fuel tank, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump, or carburetor. Some carburetors have a solenoid to stop the fuel supply when the key is off and a malfunction there could also be the problem. I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please submit more details. Thank you for using Manage my life.

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 at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 23, 2010