Sears manufactures several different models of Craftsman lawnmowers. The most favoured models used by homeowners and professional landscapers are gas-powered push mowers. Several common problems are associated with these mowers, but most you can fix yourself without the help of a technician or the replacement of any parts.
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Craftsman lawnmowers often get chunks of grass, dirt or debris stuck in their blades, which usually happens with uneven lawns or lawns with tall grass that isn't cut regularly. If the cord seems stuck or only pulls out halfway, inspect the blades for debris.
Gas-powered mowers require priming, or pumping a priming button to fill the engine with gasoline. Too little priming and your engine may die prematurely. Too much priming and you may flood the engine with gasoline. Experiment with the amount of priming needed for your particular model. Eight to 10 pumps of the priming button is usually enough. In cold weather, you may need to pump up to 20 times before you see proper gasoline circulation.
If your lawnmower is idling rough or stalling, you may have a problem with the mower's carburettor. The most common carburettor problem is a build-up of oil or engine dirt. Clean out your carburettor with a rag. If you clean the carburettor and still experience idling problems, consult a technician.
Lack of Oil
Many problems with Craftsman lawnmower function (riding rough, idling strangely, stalling out and weak action) are caused by a lack of oil in the oil tank. Check the oil regularly, and change the oil when it gets dirty. If you have a full tank of oil and still experience trouble starting the lawnmower, you may need to replace the battery.
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