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Craftsman 17hp 42" cut riding

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I had the same problem right now I'm looking to see what it is called but if you are not getting any spark check the flywheel and the magneto what I did is took the magneto off and tightened back when if did I made sure I pushed the magneto against the flywheel. Then I made it turn and it started

Posted on May 20, 2014

  • Logan Burkes May 20, 2014

    Sorry that was for a 18 hp gt 6000

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Sounds like its not getting enough fuel. clean the fuel system and the carby. The valve clearances also need to be checked.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011

  • richardtl72 Apr 11, 2011

    When I worked on it previously I drained off all the fuel and cleaned the carb with come carb cleaner and a toothbrush. I can smell the fuel coming out the exhaust so I know it's getting in. During one of my attempts to start it I sprayed a light stream of carb cleaner into the carb hoping to help it start but it only backfired on me.

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    Phil Walker Apr 12, 2011

    Check the valve clearances and compression. Also check that the flywheel key has not shared. If all that checks out have the CDI unit tested(kohlers are renounced for them failing)

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