Model #917377151 Craftsman walk behind lawnmower, gas

Question and Answers

Q:

How to take off the debris shield on a Craftsman 6.0 self propelled mower model 917377151?

A:

The debris shield is the metal or plastic shield that mounts under the belt and above the blade to prevent debris from getting around the belt. It is held in place by 3-4 screws.

The problem is the blade adapter has to be removed to remove the debris shield. The blade adapter is usually rusted to the engine shaft and doesn't come off the engine shaft easily. You might have to apply rust buster to the blade adapter several times to get it off the engine shaft.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
October 27, 2009
Q:

On model 917377151, does part 700417 include the throttle cable? Is part 130861 the engine shutoff?

A:

Part number 700417 includes the throttle control and the cable that attaches to the carburetor. Part number 130861 is the engine shut off and also the blade brake control. It contains the cable from the handlebar to the engine.

You will have to remove the blower housing from the engine to access the blade brake and the kill switch for the mower.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 04, 2009
Q:

I HAVE A SEAR LAWN MOWER. SEE BELOW.

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having problems with your mower. Usually when this happens, it is because there is debris floating around in the carburetor and main jets. I recommend cleaning the carburetor first. To clean the carburetor remove the spark plug wire and tip the mower onto its side with the air filter up. Behind the air filter, you will see the carburetor. You have to remove the main jet from the bottom of the carburetor. I have marked it in the image below. Once the main jet is removed, you can take the float bowl off. Make sure you do not loose the rubber o-ring. Set the o-ring aside you do not want to get carb cleaner on it. Clean the inside of the float bowl with carb cleaner and a scotch brite pad if needed. Then use the straw that came with the carb cleaner to spray up into the carburetor where the main jet came from. After it is flushed out you can let is dry while you clean the main jet. The main jet has hole in it. Push a bread tie wire into the small hole of the main jet and flush it with carb cleaner. After it is clean, you can reassemble the carburetor. Make sure you put the o-ring on first. It has a step it should sit on. Then install the float bowl and main jet. Before you tip the mower back over inspect the primer bulb. If it is cracked it should be replaced. If the primer is fine, tip the mower back over and put the spark plug wire back on. Try to start the mower without priming first. Sometimes it does not need priming because it was tipped over. If the mower does not start, go ahead and prime it. This usually cures the problem you are having.

I have found a video that will give you more confidence in doing this repair. Please click here to watch the video . The engine is not the same as yours but the parts are similar.

Note do not get the carb cleaner in your eyes

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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 .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 30, 2011

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