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My mother in-law has a craftsman 1996 22 inch Lawn Mower, model number 917.377532. Just recently my 18 year old nephew had cleaned the carburetor and replaced the spark plug and primer bulb. It worked for approximately a few hours and now it wont even start, any ideas of what it could be?

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How long has it been since it was running good? Todays gas goes bad very fast.
It may not be the Nephews mechanicals skills that is the problem.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

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SOURCE: Craftsman 21'' Lawn mower won't start

In order for there to be a spark at the plug, make sure the plug is grounded to the engine, it will not "fire" if it isn't.

Remove the cover with the crankrope, there should be a thin black wire going to the coil, going to a ground lug that kills the engine. Try unplugging this wire and re-check the fire...if it fires, there is a fault in this wire and should be replaced. The mower will run without it, but will not stop without "choking" out the engine

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SOURCE: My Mower won't stay started after it uses the gas that has been pushing into the mower via the primer bulb

either the magneto or the governor is damaged check them

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SOURCE: lawn mower ony runs at idle and dies after seconds

try holding the throttle open

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Sounds like you will need to clean your carburetor.
Sometimes you can get by with priming it a few times, and letting it
run a few times like that and it will flush the gunk out of the jets,
but most of the time you will need to rebuild the carburetor.
If the mower is over a couple years old, then I also recommend that you
buy and install a new carburetor repair kit, because the diaphragm will
get hard and that will cause it to be hard to crank.
When you clean your carburetor and remove the jet screws, count the
number of turns it takes to seat the jets from their original position.
That way when you go to put the jets back in, you know how many turns
they were in/out.
Please do not forget to rate me, Thanks
Good Luck, I hope this helped

Posted on May 26, 2010

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SOURCE: i have a ryobi lawn mower with a 6.5 hp motor. it

I am working on one now. Customer said "it doesn't run". Ok. So, after oil/spark plug/air filter replacement...it didn't have any gas getting to the carb. Took off the bowl, and on this 2005 lawnmower, the inside of ALL of the carb was covered with a white/chalky film. Looked like tiny rust barnacles over ANY metal surface available. Silty white stuff in bowl. Blasted it all w/carb cleaner. Still couldn't get primer to work, but after I sprayed a bit o' starter in the cylinder, it started well & kept running. Until I let the bar down. Needs a new carb. Will see what the customer wants.

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