Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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My craftsman 42in rider quits after about 30 to 45 minutes. The carb solenoid is good and the gas cap is venting ok. I have to wait about 20 to 30 minutes before it will start again. What should I check next?

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Try the coil,does it get fire to the sparkplug after it quits and what color is the spark? blue spark is good, red is weak fire, and not enough to fire the engine up.

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