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Hello I have a Craftsman eager 1 Lawn Mower model 917.377591 the engine is a Tecumseh model 143.986700 The mower start's then dies it has fresh gas as well Iwent ahead and checked the spark plug and cleaned it plus checked the gap. Tried to start it again with the air filter off it started and died again. Next I took off the air filter assembly and notice the breather hose had a inch long crack at the end I need help on where to start to get the breather hose off to replace it Thank You

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The breather hose has nothing to do with it not starting. It starts when you prime the carb and dies when that gas is used up. Being a Tecumseh. it's most likely the bowl nut/jet stopped up. Unscrew the bowl nut and clean it. Look cery carefully at the top of the threads. There is probably a very small hole there also and it will not run if it is not open.

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    Sorry, I just looked at the breakdown of your engine and I was mistaken about the type of carb you had. I was thinking you had the metal bowl type, but yours is the plastic bowl held on with a metal bale. You best solution is to buy a bowl kit, part # 730637A. It is a complete kit and just snaps on the bottom. There are several rubber 'o' rings and jets, etc in your old one that deteriorate over time. You would be much better off buying the bowl kit. About $20

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Looking at the specs on this model it appears you just pull the breather tube loose at each end. If there is a small clamp that isn't shown on the specs. just pry them open and remove. The part number for the tube is 32447. Any small engine repair shop should have it in stock. Be sure to get the right one as these tubes are different lengths and have different bends in them that control the air flow for proper operation.

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