Model #917388125 Craftsman walk behind lawnmower, gas

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Q:

Model 917388125 mower starts, but blows heavy white smoke, runs rough with no power. What's wrong?

A:

The heavy white smoke is created when the engine is burning oil. It is usually caused by a broken ring or a worn cylinder wall.

Leaking valves cause dark blue smoke, stopped up air cleaners cause black smoke.

You can do a compression check, with 2-3 hard pulls on the starter rope you should have more than 80 pounds of compression.

If you pull the head you will see the problem.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 30, 2008
Q:

My model 917388125 mower starts, but blows heavy white smoke, runs rough with no power. What would cause this?

A:

I talked to some of our lawn and garden specialists and we all agree. The only thing that changes in your lawn mower when the fuel tank is almost empty is the pressure on the fuel being fed to the carburetor.

Remove the carburetor from the engine and take the bowl off the bottom. Remove the float and needle and make sure the float is not filled with liquid. If the float is ok, run a piece of soft wire through the seat the needle closes. Blow the passage out between the seat and the inlet for the fuel and make sure there is nothing there to stop up the seat.

The added pressure from a fuller tank of gasoline must be forcing fuel past the needle and causing the engine to flood. The smoke should have been black, but strange things happen.

Thanks for your explanation of the problem. If you have any other questions send them in and we will do our best to get the information you need.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 02, 2008
Q:

attaching cable to craftsman lawnmower

A:

Thank you for your question.



I am sorry you are having a problem with the mower. I looked up the engine control cable. You should have received part number 183281. If this is, the cable you got it should be correct. If the cable seems to long I recommend look at which hole you have it in. Often times the handle has two holes close together. If it is in the wrong hole, the cable will not work. If this does not work, I recommend looking on the housing of the cable. The part number should be melted into the plastic. Be sure the number is 183281.



I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to reply below with more details if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 15, 2012
A:

Thank you for your question.



I am sorry you are having a problem with the mower. I looked up the engine control cable. You should have received part number 183281. If this is, the cable you got it should be correct. If the cable seems to long I recommend look at which hole you have it in. Often times the handle has two holes close together. If it is in the wrong hole, the cable will not work. If this does not work, I recommend looking on the housing of the cable. The part number should be melted into the plastic. Be sure the number is 183281.



I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to reply below with more details if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 15, 2012
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