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I have a Craftsman 650 series lawn mower. It starts but sputters and smokes and finally dies. I replaced the spark plug and checked the oil but it did not help. What do I need to do now??

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I have a similar issue in that my Craftsman 650 in that it sputters and smokes out of the muffler and spits oil out from there as well. It does not die, but I cannot operate the lawn mower with all the smoke and oil blowing out. Plus, I get oil leakage on the deck of the lawn mower (top). What would I check for here?

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I too have the same problem, interestingly, when I removed the air filter my engine ran fine, as soon as I put the filter back in it started sputtering and quit. Still have not resolved.

Posted on Aug 06, 2010

  • austin campbell Jul 08, 2013

    i have the same problem

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I have a similar problem. I replaced the carb and drained the oil out, and replaced with new oil. I have cleaned the piston head and cylinder and have tried to adjust the valves. When I pull the cord all I get is a single sputter, and a bit of smoke. I've put wd-40 in the spark plug hole along with replacing the spark plugs. Any ideas? I have the briggs and stratton 7.0 hp engine.

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If its smokeing in black you might need to replace your rings on the head

Posted on Jul 08, 2013

  • austin campbell Jul 08, 2013

    if its smokeing in black you might need to replace your rings on the head

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