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Craftsman walk behind lawnmower will not stop

My lawn mower will not stop running. The blade control lever in released but there is no way to stop it from running without letting it run out of fuel

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You can stop any lawn mower by taking a screwdriver and touch the engine and also touch the spark plug the same time. this will short out the spark plug and shut the engine down. Use a screwdriver with a plastic handle and you cannot hurt yourself with a shock.
if you have a little handle on the mower handle that is suppose to shut the engine off and it does not work follow the cable and see if you see where it fastens unto the engine. Sometimes these little parts can get out of adjustment.

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Sounds like a clogged carb or a cracked primer bulb. I would install a carb rebuild kit and new primer bulb if your mower uses one.

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You have water in in the carborator, I'll bet. I had this same problem. Here's what I did.

I emptied the gas tank, put in a new spark plug, changed the oil and then unscrewed thd big nut on the bottom of the float container (attached to the carborator near the rubber gas injector button) and emptied and cleand the float container. Then i put it all back together, pulled the cord and the same thing happened, but this time i could keep it going by having my daughter constantly pushing the rubber gas injector button. After it had run for a minute with this constant pushing of the button, all the water was gone from everytwhere and it worked.

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Sounds like you might have a fuel flow restriction, maybe an in line filter?

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i have a lt 1000 2005 when i start it with cold engine it boggs for a minute then it starts to run smoothly please help me

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