Question about Craftsman Garden
The needs a good cleaning not just empty the but remove the jet and make sure holes in jet are clear.
Posted on Jun 29, 2009
Well, I'm no Briggs expert, but I'm wondering if the spark is inconsistent or weak. Have you checked the gap? Also, you might try taking the plug out but leaving the wire on it, lashing the base to something grounded, using bare wire, and then turn it over while looking to see how bright the spark is.
I suspect these no longer use a magneto and/or points, which they did when I learned about them, so I won't try to guess what else might be wrong with the ignition. Still, it would be very quick to check for loose wires, condition of the spark plug wire, etc. I guess most of them are probably under the flywheel, though.
I'm just mentioning the above because they are easy to check. Might as well do that stuff first. I guess it's just as possible the mixture is off or something, but that's more work.
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Had the same problem with an almost new Craftsman w/ Intek 20.0 HP. Check all the "usual suspects" and had to have a tech come out. He had me start it. It ran for a few minutes and stopped (per usual). He immediately went to the Anti-Backfire solenoid. It is an electrically operated "plunger-style" fuel line blocker. They are famous for going bad. The part is about $65 and its sole purpose is to starve the engine of its fuel supply at shutdown so it won't backfire. If it is disabled, the user must throttle the engine down for 10 seconds or so before turning the key off in order to avoid backfires. Gee... let's see, 10 seconds of my time each time I use the mower vs $65 part ... No contest! Remove the solenoid, take a pair of electrician side cutters and snip off the tip of the plunger and reinstall it. Problem solved ! ! !
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