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Can't seem to get my mower to keep running

Here is what I have done this far. new Spark plug, new air filter. I want to change the fuel filter but not sure where it is on my mower. a Craftsman 4.5 eager-1 21"

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  • Ohiolndscper May 11, 2010

    There typically is no fuel filter on that small of an engine. If your Craftsman walk behind has a 4.75 HP or similar-sized Briggs & Stratton engine, a small piece of crud may have inadvertantly gotten stuck in its carburetor. How? Often, air cleaner assys are not tightened down enough, or the foam air cleaner element is not in place, has never been cleaned, or is missing altogether. You can try 'Gumout' & try to flush it out. But in many instances, the carb needs to come completely off in order to find it. These carbs are not tough at all to remove. Just drain the gas tank & remove it carefully. Look carefully at all linkage points & make careful notes as to where they hook up, before you remove the springs. Then back out all bolts securing carburetor.

  • Ed Gore May 11, 2010

    a lot of the filters are inside the fuel tank. Connected to the pick up tube. Most smaller mowers do not have inline filters anymore.

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The problem is probably the carb---take it apart and soak the parts in some solvent. make sure the float valve moves very freely.

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