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Craftsman mower engine keeps dying.

Model 917.376542 mower will start and run fine until you release the choke lever. Then the engine will die...Why?

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afritz afritz
I understand that your mower keeps drying. I have taken some time to research your question here on the Manage My Life website and I noticed that someone else had asked a similar question with a posted response from an expert. I attached the link below for you to view. I hope the link that I provided is helpful. Have a nice day.
by afritz afritz Earned 1,264 community points in Craftsman
April 9th, 2011
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This is a walk behind self propelled mower. It has a Honda Engine.
by Manage My Life
April 9th, 2011
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Typically this problem will be caused by an issue with the carburetor. You can pick up a can of spray carb/choke cleaner from any auto parts store and give the carb a thorough cleaning to see if it can be cleared up. If not, you may have to replace the carburetor or have it serviced by a technician.

You can very likely just remove the bowl from the carb and clean it out and then spray up into the jets with the cleaner and do a lot of good. The carburetor only shows to be about $25 so I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time trying to get it back right again.

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by Manage My Life
April 11th, 2011
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Thanks to those that answered. Thanks especially to Wade B. Your advice was spot on!
I cleaned the carb and the mower runs well now.
by Manage My Life
April 17th, 2011
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