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why is gas leaking from air filter on craftsman lawn mower

Craftman lawn mower serial number 917386040, gas is leaking from the air filter, why and what needs done to fix?

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Lyle W
This problem is likely caused by the carburetor float being stuck in the "down" position. Here is a link for a previous answer that provides more details on this type of problem:

Why is fuel pouring out of the air filter breather port hole?

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired by a Sears technician. Here is a link that will provide the nearest drop-off locations:

Sears Home Services

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by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Craftsman
May 9th, 2010
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Your float is stuck in the carb. Try tapping on the side of it to break it loose, not to hard though. If that doesn't work then you will need to take the bowl off the bottom and move the float up and down, probably trash in it. May need to take it all the way off and clean the needle and seat which is on top of the bowl.
by Manage My Life
May 7th, 2010
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