Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model
Engine won't start. Doesn't seem to be getting gas to the carb. I replaced the fuel filter, cleaned the air filter, no change. I poured a fair amount of gas into the carb to fill up the bowl and the engine started right up and ran great about 30 seconds and then died. I tried this several times with the same result. The replacement fuel filter is clear and while the motor was running, I noticed no fuel appears to be moving through the filter. Could this be a fuel pump problem? Would a fuel pump kit resolve this issue?
Potential 'air lock' - try running with out fuel tank cap on
Cap should have a fine breather hole in it
Posted on Dec 31, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Replace the spark-plug, check the quality of the fuel(gas that is mixed or was stored more then three months is stale and wont fire correctly) make sure the fuel and air filter not clogged. If there is no change then your problem may be more technical, a nest may be restricting the govenor or you missed something with the carb and there still is debre causing it to stall.
Posted on Apr 24, 2009
Wow.....I never knew they made DIESEL lawn mowers. Sweet!
But I tell you this, I can almost guess to a "T" they have the same problems a Cat C-15 475HP diesel motor has when she runs out of fuel, and which you already done.
Air Lock. Like you just said. I seen it many a time with those motors (truck driver here). I have seen them fight you time and again on bleeding air out as well, even having done it 8 times in a row, and taking 15 minutes.
What we used to do, is simply pull the air filters, and give her some Ether shots to get moving (rough idle) and get them to KEEP pulling fuel (and air too), and THEN bleed out the air. The point is to KEEP her running, and KEEP on bleeding, until she stops fighting you.
Worked every time. Though......don't empty much Ether into her, just AIN'T good for the cylinders, man! (I have seen some guys make those motors SCREAM off of 2 cans of Ether at once. The horror! The pain!) But the motors kept on motoring!
If you can keep her running off of just the Primer, then pump away dude, and bleed at the same time.......
Posted on May 30, 2009
Hi..my name is Keith...this is kind of a hard one to answer...when im not there...but i would suspect weak fuel..i would drain the tank and put fresh in and a new fuel filter..and if that dont help..then you might need a carb cleaning or overhaul..i hope this has helped..if not..write me back
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
If it starts cold and runs for 10 min then it sounds like the fuel cap is not venting properly, try runnin engine with fuel cap loose and see if it dies. 9 times out of 10 the fuel cap is the culprit. Let me know
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
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