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Hi, I have a Craftsman lawnmower, sel propelled, over 10 years old. It doesn't seem to start unless I spray gasoline into the carburetor. Also, it will only keep runnning if I continue to spray into the carburetor, if I stop spraying the motor will eventually stop. An added problem I have is that when use the primer button you don';t seem to hear anything (No suction noise). Can you help me?

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The Primer bulb most likely has a crack in it. If it does then there won't be sufficient suction to draw in the fuel. Also, if you remove the carburetor, separate the upper and lower halves so you can get to the fuel bowl, check that the float needle isn't sticking inside the hole. Look for dirt and other contaminates.
Do you by chance have the model # of the mower? It will be in the following format: XXX.XXXXXXX The model # sticker is usually located on the deck behind the engine. And what HP is the Engine? (It should be a Briggs and Stratton.

Posted on May 27, 2011

  • Gerald Lombardi
    Gerald Lombardi Jun 12, 2011

    craftsman mower startes the stops prim bulb dosent seem to work if prim ckt or bulb leaking air will the stop carb from drawing fuel i have cleaned carb twice

  • Daniel Morgan Jun 12, 2011

    If when you press the primer bulb and you do not get gasoline to go into the carb, then you have a crack or leak there in the fuel system. The fuel system is supposed to be a closed system. Any air leaks will cause the carburetor to not draw fuel. Hence why you have to keep spraying fuel into the air intake to keep it running.

    Make sure your fuel lines do not have any cracks or splits, make sure the primer bulb is not cracked. If your plastic fuel lines are hard and brittle then they likely will leak.

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