Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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I have a. Yardman MTD 17.5. Brigs & Stratton 42" Deck it having a starting problem it will start to start then it will quit I checked the starter and it works it will. Also backfire when it tries to start, what do you think it could be

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  • WMDM35 Apr 04, 2012

    Hi the Briggs & Stratton 17.5hp ws out of time when I replaced the timming pin it started but it ran ruff and when I got it to run good after it ran for a wile it shot oil and gas up through the Breather pipe tub so now I don't know what to do. Do you know what it might be. Thanks Walter Martin

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Hello W, to answer your question::there are only two things that will make a mower back fire,the fly wheel keyway is sheared and out of time,or there is a bent or bad valve,of it is a O H V engine the intake push rod will bend because it is aluminum and the weakest,hope this helps,,

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That model number des not show up as a good number on the http://www.searspartsdirect.com site. Are you sure you have the belts on correctly? If it has 2 belts on the deck & 1 is not installed correctly they work against each other. Safely make sure that each blade will turn by hand. did you take the blades off? If they are too long by just a fraction, they will hit ach other, but that usually makes quiet a noise. Get your book out & systematically go over everything you touched or changed. It sounds like something really simple you have overlooked. you can go to http://www.searspartsdirect.com & enter a good model number & view all of the parts diagrams. Sometimes they are a big help, & at other times they just confuse you more:). Let me know what you find!!

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