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I have a craftman gas mower.it was working fine earlier but now it stops about 5 secs after i prime it...i noticed if i hold the primer button down it keeps running

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I had this same problem and spent hours taking the carb apart and cleaning it. In the end I cleaned out the bolt that holds the bowl on. This bolt was hollow with a tiny hole at the bottom and two holes on the sides near the bolt head. Good luck, hope it helps.

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    Michael howard Jun 11, 2010

    4 holes on bottom bolt
    1 pin hole in the top of the thread

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It doesnt prime or throw gas to the carburetor


Needs a cleaning most likely. When you hit the primer button and release it, you should notice a little suction. If you do, then the tip is most likely clogged and needs cleaned off.

If you don't notice suction, your primer button may be bad or have a small hole in it, therefore not pulling the gas through the line into the firing area.

Apr 09, 2013 | Mtd 22" Yard Machine Push Mower

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My Craftsman Mowe rmodel# 917.376152 will not hold a prime?


This is a push mower. It does not have a fuel filter, so after about two years, small debris gets into the gas and then gets onto the carburetor. I added a small in-line filter to help. You will need to take the fuel line off and drain the fuel tank to flush then take the float bowl off and try clearing the passages with carburetor cleaner from the top down to flush. Reassemble and off you go.

Mar 04, 2012 | Garden

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My Ariens lawn mower dose not get gas to the Carb float is OK gas line OK.When I push the primer button No gas. Spayed Carb cleaner in carb No change. What can I do next?


You have gas in the float bowl but nothing coming out when you prime correct?

You should remove the bowl jet *(should actually be the bolt that holds on the bowl) and wire brush it clean and then run a fine piece of wire strand through the jets. One of those openings is very tiny.
It is located at the top of the threads and you will need a tiny piece of wire strand to clear this. When you have cleared this and the two bigger openings at the bottom of the bolt put it back in and see if she primes. The primer just puts a raises the air pressure inside the bowl so fuel flows up the main jet. So a blocked main jet will prevent priming and running at anything above idle speed.

Good luck and be careful!

Jul 23, 2010 | Garden

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Lawn mower starts and stops right away


take bowl off bottom of carb....clean and reassemble

Nov 16, 2009 | Garden

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I prime it it runs for about 1.5-2 sec. then stops.


Assuming you have a Tecumseh engine, replace the primer bulb. Make sure you get the correct one, there are 5 different ones that will fit. when you get it from your dealer make sure you have engine mod. & spec. #
Also make sure the dealer gives you the correct one, not just one that will "fit"

Sep 22, 2009 | Toro Lawn Mower With Toro Power Tools

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I'm not sure how to start a Craftmans 6.50 lawn mower. Is their a primer button, A start button? Do I need to hold the top bar down when pulling cord? I tried the bottom bar and that just lock the cord...


Look for a red primer button/bulb and push it in slowly 3 times at the middle of it
if you do not have a primer then just hold the top bar down and pull the rope 2 or three times until it starts
check your oil first to be sure you have a safe zone reading on the dip stick before all of the above is attempted. The bottom bar maybe a self propelled engage lever which you can use after it starts.

Aug 09, 2009 | Craftsman Garden

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I have a murray 4hp that runs 15 sec per prime then stalls.


First. try using Carb Cleaner from spray can to clean carb throat, and putting Carb Cleaner in fuel tank.
If this does not work-
Removal of Carb is probably needed. Sounds like Carb is clogged and needs to be cleaned.
If this is a Briggs engine and the Carb sits on top of the fuel tank, can be that the pick up tube from tank to carb is clogged.

Jul 12, 2009 | Garden

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