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I have a Craftsman riding lawnmower tractor. I tried to start it and it was difficult to start. Alot of White smoke came out from under it and would die.why?

I have a Craftsman tractor riding lawnmower, it is a 1700 about 6 years old. After cutting the grass last week (no problems) I covered it. When I came out yesterday to cut my grass it was very hard to start and when it did it would run for just a few sec and then start to die out. Then a lot of white smoke would come out from under the engine, start up again only to have the smoke come out again. Sometimes the smoke would be black. Then it would die, each time I tried to start it the same thing would happen.
I have never had this problem with it.

Thanking you in advance.
Pete

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Mark T
by Mark T Earned 58,303 community points in Craftsman
September 12th, 2010
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Shay Dogg
Yep. I had the same thing and this was the answer. I do believe you can replace the float and needle, then clean the seat, rather than replacing the entire carburetor.
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by Manage My Life
September 11th, 2010
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