Tip & How-To about Craftsman 42" Briggs Stratton 20 hp Gas Powered Riding Lawn Tractor

2008 Craftsman lawn tractor

Tip for 2008 Craftsman lawn tractor that runs for about 30 minutes then starts to cut out and dies, and will not restart. These tractors have a defective gas cap that will not vent. Simply remove gas cap and reinstall loosely. The best fix is replace gas cap. If your tractor is less than two years old Sears will replace it free.

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if it restarts immediately, check the vent in the gas cap for restriction. also, the solenoid on the bottom of the carburetor may be sticking or getting weak. if you have to let it sit for awhile before it retarts, the ignition module may be breaking down when it heats up. i'd bet on the gas cap or solenoid though

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