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My Craftsman lawn mower is model # 917.375630. When I started this season, it ran for about 2-3 minutes then the engine kept running slower until it quit.

It wouldn't restart. I put in a new air filter and spark plug. Now the engine runs for a few seconds and quits. Everytime you restart it, it does the same thing. I noticed when I was installing the new spark plug, the guy sold me a RJ19H and not the RJ19HX I requested. Could this be causing my problem or is it something else?

Craftsman , Lawn Mowers
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afritz afritz
I understand the importance of having a properly working lawn mower. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question. Have a great day!
by afritz afritz Earned 13,820 community points in Craftsman
April 20th, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the mower. Usually when an engine starts and dies, it is because the main jet in the carburetor is plugged. To repair this you have to clean or replace the carburetor. If you would like to clean the carburetor yourself click


to watch a video to show you how. As long as the fuel tank is empty, you do not have to remove the fuel tank.

Make sure to work in a well ventilated area and use caution when working with gasoline.

Here is a link to order any parts you need.

Sears Parts Direct


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


If you need further assistance on the lawn mower, please feel free to reply below with more details.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 58,303 community points in Craftsman
April 23rd, 2012
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