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My Sears Craftsman Garden Tractor 22HP, dies after it gets hot

Wow, my Sears Riding lawn mower has just started this little problem this year. It starts right up, but after 40 minutes (1st time), 20 minutes (2nd time) it starts reving/stalling, just like when they run out of gas, though it has plenty of gas in it. I changed the fuel filter as well as buying it a new battery at the start of the season this year. After I let it sit a while, it'll start up again and run for a short period of time, like 20 minutes and starts that dying business all over again.

I'm not sure how long I've had this mower, it's a 917.273080 model. Last year I had the fuel pump replaced through a small engine repair shop. I'm taking it to another small engine repair shop. My fuel filters I buy are clear plastic so you can see how things are going. My brother says it sounds like it's vapor locking.
If my repair man can solve this problem, I'll come back and report. Anybody else dealing with this exact problem?
Thanks, Sue

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Sue your brother is right! I had the same problem and it turned out to be the gas cap. the small breather hole on the top was plugged with dirt. once I cleaned it out I took the rubber gasket out from the bottom of the cap and cleaned that as well. runs great now.

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It could be vapor lock. Vapor lock is a condition where the hot gasoline turns into vapor bubbles either in the fuel line or carb. When it happens, the vapors will cut off fuel flow thru the carb, essentially causing the engine to run out of fuel. You should re-route or isolate the fuel line away from the heat of the engine and install an inline fuel filter close to the carb. Also make sure that the cooling fins are not clogged up with trash or something that is causing the engine to overheat.

Defective Ignition Components
Although this is more common on older point style engines, there is a possibility that an ignition component is breaking down after the engine reaches a certain heat range. While not exactly easy, you can diagnose this situation by installing a spark tester between the spark plug and the spark plug wire and watching to see if spark is present when the engine dies.

If the engine is equipped with a point style ignition, there is a very strong possibility that the condenser is failing and should be tested or replaced.

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