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Why does my lawn tractor shuts off - Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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  • Gary R. Kipfer Jun 03, 2014

    Hi John Bowe, I want to help you with your problem, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?When does it shut off, what is happening when it shuts off(turning,uphill mowing, ect)

  • John Bowe Jun 03, 2014

    I should have updated the post. I have two spark plugs and one wire was off. Reinstall the wire now works fine. I do have a push mower with the same problem. Starts right up then mowes for 5 minutes then sputters and shuts off. I wait for a few minutes and does the same thing. New spark plug, gas, sprayed with carb cleaner, clean air filter. Still no help. Any ideas?

  • Gary R. Kipfer Jun 05, 2014

    John when that old gas dries up inside the carb, it leaves a varinsh film on everything. Most of the time I have to take the carb apart to get it all clean

  • John Bowe Jun 19, 2014

    The mower started working for several mows but yesterday it stopped on me. I was mowing some tall grass then I was just riding on the mowed area when it started sputtering then shut off. I tried restarting it right away but it just turned over so I turned it off and looked at the fuel filter. I couldn't see anything in it or maybe a small drop about the size of a dime in the corner that is the lowest. I shook the filter and tapped on what I thought was the fuel pump. I closed the hood and tried starting it, it started right up. I drove up the hill to my house and almost at the top it sputtered and shut off again. I waited for a few minutes, started it back up and parked it in the garage. I haven't attempted to start it since. Shouldn't the fuel filter have gas in it?

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Hi,
I actually had the same problem with my tractor and it turned out to be that I had to run a second ground wire (ground to a separate point) that forces the coil to ground). My suggestion is to remove the flywheel cover and attach a wire (at a different point) to the coil and then start the tractor and when you go to shut it off. Turn the key and then just find a metal point on the tractor to touch the wire to and hopefully the tractor will shut off.
Good luck!

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