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I had been using ethanol gas and ran into the tractor dying. I emptied the tank and am using non-ethanol. I cannot get any fire even with starting fluid. I have replaced the spark plug and am getting spark. Any ideas as to what may cause it to no longer fire and start?

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SOURCE: Trouble starting Craftsman Lawn Tractor Mod# 917-272350

It is time to rebuild your carburetor paying special attention to the float and seat.
Gasket set is about $30 delivered and gallon can of gunk carb cleaner with a parts basket is $21 at kragen auto parts. takes about two to three hours. Or you can but a new carb for about $150.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Craftsman 917.270662 starts with starter fluid but won't stay run

the float in the carburator is stuck shut not opening alowing fuel to enter engine

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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SOURCE: Model 180 John Deere garden tractor won't start

*cyliniod sticking... try banging on it with the blunt end of a good heavy screw driver / or the handle of a hammer. might free up the contacts, or it might be too rusted inside...

*yes to the first part about starting fluid...the starting fluid should have fired off the motor for a few seconds...so since you didnt get anything after this, it sounds like your not getting adequite fire to the cylinder (s) .
i would try a new spark plug since that would be the cheapest thing to start with first.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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SOURCE: ys4500 Lawn Tractor will not start.

did you hit something while mowing if that is the case then check the flywheel key. even if it only has a small nick in it that would keep the engine from starting up...good l uck

Posted on Apr 11, 2010

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SOURCE: john deere 425 mower won't start

The ignition switch module is likely to be the problem,they seem to quit for no good reason.The safety relays and fuses are built into the board that comes with the switch and will most likely fix your problem.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010

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