Model #917388190 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

My 917388190 push mower runs for a few minutes then dies until I have primed it 4 or 5 times.

A:

Prime the engine 6 times instead of 3. If it still dies prime it 9 times. The recommended 3 pushes of the primer is good for 50-70 degree weather. If it is colder you have to prime it more.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 13, 2009
Q:

When I try to start the mower, the engine starts, but then dies right away. I have checked the spark plug connection, and it seems fine. What should I do next?

A:

It sounds like you are having a carburetor issue. The first thing is to make sure the fuel you are using is no more than 5 weeks old. Then try to push the primmer a few more times. Push the primer all the way in and release for 2 seconds then push again. Do that 8 times.

If that does not help there could be trash in the carburetor bowl or the jets could have some trash in them. I would recommend pulling the bowl and cleaning it with some carb/choke cleaner. Also you'll want to spray some up into the jets while you have it opened up.

I found a video that will instruct you on cleaning the carburetor. If you do not have carburetor cleaner it can be purchased from any auto parts store. In the video, the technician replaced the float bowl. You will only need to replace the bowl if you can not get it clean with carburetor cleaner and scrub pad. I recommend only replacing the gasket only if it is torn. Most of the time cleaning the main jet is all that has to be done.

Here is the link to the video. How to clean carb video

If you need the manual, you can down load or view it using the following link.

Manual

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 .

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 15, 2010

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