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® 0 EL U 917.383640 OWNER'S MANUAL TM oAssembly - Operation oCustomer Responsibilities ° Service oAdjustments _ oRepair Parts Caution : Read and Follow all Safety sRules and Instruction Before Operating This Equipment : _ ' 11 IIIIII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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SAFETY RULES PLUG TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL STARTING WHEN SETTING UP , TRANSPORTING , ADJUSTING OR MAKING REPAIRS . IMPORTANT SAFETY STANDARDS REQUIRE OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROLS TO MINIMIZETHE RISK OF INJURY . YOUR UNIT IS EQUIPPED WITH SUCH CONTROLS . DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DEFEAT THE FUNCTION OF THE OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROLS UNDER ANY CIRCUM - STANCES . TRAINING : • Always stop the blade whenever you leave or are not using • Read this operator's manual carefulIy . Become familiar with you r mower , or before crossing driveways , walks , roads , and the controls and know how to operate your mower properly . any gravel - covered areas . Learn how to quickfy stop mower _ • Never direct discharge of material toward bystanders nor • Do not allow children to use your mower . Never allow aduffs allow anyone near the mower while you are operating it . to use mower without proper instructions . • Before cleaning , inspecting , or repairing your mower , stop , Keep the area of operation clear of all persons , especially the engine and make absolutely sure the blade and all small children and pets . moving parts have stopped . Then disconnect the spark plug • Use mower only as the manufacturer intended and as de - wire and keep it away from the spark plug to prevent scribed inthis manual . accidental starting . • Do not operate mower if ithas been dropped or damaged in • Do not continue to run your mower ifyou hit a foreign object . any manner . Always have damage repaired before using Follow the procedure outlined above , then repair any dam - your mower . age before restarting and operating you mower . , Do not use accessory attachments that are not recommended ° Do not change the governor settings or overspeed the by the manufacturer . Use of such attachments may be engine . Engine damage or personal injury may result . hazardous . - Do not operate your mower if it vibrates abnormally . Exces - • The blade turns when the engine is running . sive vibration is an indication of damage ; stop the engine , safely check for the cause of vibration and repair as required . PREPARATION : • Do not run the engine indoors . Exhaust fumes are danger - ous . , , Always thoroughly check the area to be mowed and ctear it of , , Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards you . Mow all stones , sticks , wires , bones , and other foreign objects . across the face of slopes , never up and clown or you might These objects will be thrown by the blade and can cause lose your footing . Do not mow excessively steep slopes . severe injury , Use caution when operating the mower on uneven terrain or , , Always wear safety glasses or eye shields when starting and when changing directions - maintain good footing . while using your mower . • Never operate your mower without proper guards , plates , , , Dress properly . Do not operate mower when barefoot or grass catcher or other safety devices in place . wearing open sandals . Wear only solid shoes with good traction when mowing . MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE : ° Check fuel tank before starting engine . Do not fill gas tank indoors , when the engine is running or when the engine is hot . ' , Check the blade and the engine mounting bolts often to be Allow the engine to cool for several minutes before filling the sure they are tightened properly . gas tank . Clean off any spilled gasoline before starting the • Check all bolts , nuts and screws at frequent intervals for engine . proper tightness to be sure mower is in safe working condi - , , Always make wheel height adjustments before starting your tion . mower . Never attempt to do this while the engine is running _ , , Keep al ! safety devices in place and working . ° Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . • To reduce fire hazard , keep the engine free of grass , leaves or excessive grease and oil . OPERATION : Q Check grass catcher often for deterioration and wear and replace worn bags . Use only replacement bags that are • Keep your eyes and mind on your mower and the area being recommended by and comply with specifications of the cut . Do not let other interests distract you . manufacturer of your mower . • Do not mow wet or slippery grass . Never run while operating - Always keep a sharp blade on your mower . your mower . Always be sure of your footing - keep a firm hold on the handles and walk . ° Allow engine to coo ! before storing in any enclosure . Do not put hands or feet near or under rotating parts . Keep • Never store mower with fuel in the tank inside a building clear of the discharge opening at all times . where fumes may reach an open flame or an ignition source such as a hot water heater , space heater , clothes dryer , etc . IS SYMBOL TO POINT OUT IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS . IT MEANS - ATTENTION ! ! ! BECOME ALERT ! ! ! YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED .
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS CONGRATULATIONS on your purchase of a Sears Craftsman Lawn Mower . It has been designed , dengineerede - and manufactured to give you the best possible HORSEPOWER : 3.8 pendability and performance . Should you experience any problems you cannot easily DISPLACEMENT : 9.0 cu . in . . . . . . . . i remedy , please contact your nearest Sears Service Cen - teriDepartmento Sears has competent , welt trained tech - GASOLfNE CAPACITY : ! . 5 quarts nicians and the proper tools to service or repair this unit . ( Unleaded ) Please read and retain this manual . The instructions will OIL ( 20 oz . Capacity ) : SAE 30 ( Above 32 ° F ) enable you to assemble and maintain your lawn mower 5W30 ( Below 32 ° F ) properly . Always observe the " SAFETY RULES " . MODEL SPARK PLUG ( GAP . 030 in . ) : Champion NUMBER 917.383640 RJ19LM or ( 0.76 ram ) Sears _ 33312 SERIAL or STD 361458 NUMBER or STD 360950 DATE OF PURCHASE VALVE CLEARANCE : Intake : . 008 in . Exhaust : . 008 in . THE MODEl _ AND SERIAL NUMBERS WILL BE FOUND ON A DECAL ATTACHED TO THE REAR SOLID STATE IGNITION OF THE LAWN MOWER HOUSING . AIR GAP : . 0125 in . YOU SHOULD RECORD BOTH SERIAL NUMBER AND DATE OF PURCHASE AND KEEP IN A SAFE BLADE BOLT TORQUE : 35 * 40 ff . - lbs . PLACE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE . MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT A Sears Maintenance Agreement is available on this product . Contact your nearest Sears store for details . CUSTOMER RESPONSIB _ UTJES ® Read and observe the safety rules . = Follow a regular schedule in maintaining , caring for and using your lawn mower . Follow the instructions under " Customer Responsibilities " and " Storage " sections of this Owne ¢ s Manual . LiMiTED TWO YEAR WARRANTY ON CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER For two years from date of purchase , when this Craftsman Lawn Mower is maintained , lubricated , and tuned up according to the operating and maintenance instructions in the owner's manual , Sears will repair free of charge any defect in material or workmanship . If this Craftsman Lawn Mower is used for commercial or rental purposes , this warranty applies for only 90 days from the date of purchase . This Warranty does not cover : Expendable items which become worn during normal use , such as rotary mower blades , blade adapters , belts , air cleaners and spark plug . = Repairs necessary because of operator abuse or negligence , including bent crankshafts and the failure to maintain the equipment according to the instructions contained in the owner's manual . WARRANTY SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BY RETURNING THE CRAFTSMAN POWER MOWER TO THE NEAREST SEARS SERVICE CENTER / DEPARTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES . THIS WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY WHILE THIS PRODUCT tS tN USE IN THE UNITED STATES . This Warranty gives you specific tegal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state . SEARS , ROEBUCK AND CO . , D / 817 WA , HOFFMAN ESTATES , ILLINOIS 60179 3
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TABLE OF CONTENTS SAFETY RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 PRODUCT SPECiFICATiONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 . . . . . . . i STORAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 , 11 - 13 WARRANTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 TROUBLESHOOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 LAWN MOWER ACCESSORIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 REPAIR PARTS - LAWN MOWER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 - 17 ASSEMBLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 REPAIR PARTS - ENGINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! 8 - 20 PARTS ORDERING / SERVICE . . . . . . . . BACK COVER OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 INDEX P F A Repair Parts Fuel : Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 - 17 Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Adjustments : Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 - 20 Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . t5 R H Handle Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i4 Responsibilities , Customer . . . . 3 , 11 - 13 Handle : Height of Cut . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Air Filter : S Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Safety Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 L Assembly : Service and Adjustments : Handle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Carburetor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Lubrication : Grass Catcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Engine Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! 4 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 B Handle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ! 4 Brake Spring Bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1t Blade : Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Handle Bracket Mounting Pin . . 1t Sharpening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Wheel Adjuster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 M Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 C Stopping the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Maintenance Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Controls : Mowing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 T Operator Presence Control Bar . . 7 Mowing Mulching Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Trouble Shooting Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 O Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 W Customer Responsibifities . . . . . 3 , 1i - i3 Oih Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Wheels : Blade Care / Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 1 : 2 Storage . . . . . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Wheel Adjusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Operation : Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Operating Lawn Mower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Spark Plug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Control Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 E Engine Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Engine : Operator Presence Contro ! Bar . . . . . . . . . 7 OJ ! Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Options : Oi ! Leve ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Attachments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Oil Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4
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LAWN IVIOWER ACCESSO ES These accessories were available when this lawn mower was produced . They are also available at most Sears retail outlets , catalog and service centers . Most Sears stores can also order repair parts for you , when you provide the model number of your lawn mower , Some of these accessories may not apply to your lawn mower . ENGINE ENGINE OIL SPARK PLUG MUFFLER AmRFILTER GAS CAN If lawn mower is an electric start LAWN MOWER PERFORMANCE DUST SHIELD CLiPPiNG DEFLECTOR REAR BAG OPTIONAL SIDE DISCHARGECATCHER FABRIC BAG OPTIONAL REPLACEMENT CATCHER FOR BAG FOR REAR DISCHARGE SiDE DISCHARGE LAWN MOWER LAWN MOWERS LAWN MOWER MAINTENANCE LAWN MOWER BELT BLADE BLADE WHEELS ADAPTER COVER 5
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ASS LY OPERATOR PRESENCE Read these instructions and the Operator's Manual in its CONTROLBAR entirety before you attempt to assemble or operate yours - new lawn mower . Your new lawn mower has been a UPPER HANDLE sembled at the factory with the exception of those parts left LIFT UP unassembled for shipping purposes . All parts such as nuts , washers , bolts , etc . , necessary to complete the assembly have been placed in the parts bag . To ensure safe and proper operation of your lawn mower , a ! ! parts and hard - ware you assemble must be tightened securely . Use the correct tools as necessary to ensure proper tightness . TO REMOVE LAWN MOWER FROM MOWING POSiTiON CARTON • Remove loose parts included with mower . o Cut down two end corners of carton and lay end panel LOWER HANDLE down fiat . FIG , 1 o Remove all packing materials except padding between upper and lower handle and padding holding operator SLOTS presence control bar to upper handle . Roii lawn mower out of carton and check carton thor - oughly for additional loose parts . HOW TO SET UP YOUR LAWN MOWER TO UNFOLD HANDLE ( See Fig , I ) IMPORTANT : UNFOLD HANDLE CAREFULLY SO AS MULCHER PLATE NOT TO PINCH OR DAMAGE CONTROL CABLES . TABS * Raise handles untit lower handle section locks into FIG . 2 place in mowing position . Raise upper handle section into place on _ owerhandle , CATCHER FRAME remove protective padding and tighten both handle knobs . o Remove handle padding holding operator presence control bar to upper handle . o Your lawn mower handle can be adjusted for your mowing comfort . Refer to " Adjust Handle " in the Service and Adjustment section of this manual . TO INSTALL ATTACHMENTS ( See Fig , 2 ) Your lawn mower was shipped ready . to be used as a mutcher . To convert to bagging or discharging : o Open rear door and remove muncher plate . Store FRAME OPENING mulcher plate in a safe place . - You can now install catcher or optional clipping deflect REAR DOOR tor . o To return to mulching operation , install mulcher plate into discharge opening of mower . Be sure all tabs are GRASS CATCHER seated properly . FRAME TO ASSEMBLE & ATTACH GRASS CATCHER ( See Figs , 3 & 4 ) o Put grass catcher frame into grass bag with rigid part of bag on the bottom . Make sure the frame handle is o _ Jtsideof the bag top . Slip vinyl bindings over frame . NOTE : tf vinyl bindings are too stiff , hoid them in warm water for a few minutes . If bag gets wet , let it dry before using . Lift the rear door of the tawn mower and place the grass CAUTION : Do not run your lawn mower catcher frame side hooks onto the handle bracket hooks . proved ctipping deflector or agrassp - without mutcher pmate in peace or The grass catcher is secured to the lawn mower catcher in ptace . Never attempt to op - erate the { awn mower with the rear door housing when the rear door is lowered onto the grass catcher frame . removed or propped open . 6
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OPERATION KNOW YOUR LAWN MOWER READ THIS OWNER'S MANUAL AND SAFETY RULES BEFORE OPERATING YOUR LAWN MOWER . Compare the illustrations with your lawn mower to familiarize yourself with the location of various controls and adjustments . Save this manual for future reference . OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROL BAR ENGINE ZONE CONTROL CABLE STARTER HANDLE HANDLE KNOB ENGINE OIL CAP WITH DIPSTICK GRASS CATCHER MULCHER PLATE ENGINE SPEED CONTROL LEVER PRIMER AiR FILTER LAWN MOWER HOUSING WHEEL ADJUSTER GASOLINE FILLER CAP ( ON EACH WHEEL ) MEETS CPSC SAFETY REQUIREMENTS Sears rotary walk - behind power iawn mowers conform to the safety standards of the American National Standards institute and the U . S . Consumer Product Safety Commission . The blade turns when the engine is running . OPERATOR PRESENCE CONTROL BAR - must be held STARTER HANDLE = used for starting the engine . down to the handle to start the engine . Release to stop the ENGINE SPEED CONTROL - located on the side of the engine . engine which allows you to select either fast ( # , _ ) or slow PRIMER - pumps additional fuel from the carburetor to the ( , ! _ ) engine speed . cylinder for use when starting a cold engine , MULCHER PLATE - located at the discharge opening , must be removed when converting to bagging or discharg - ing operation , 7
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OPE 0 . . . . . . . i HOW TO USE YOUR LAWN MOWER ENGINE SPEED CONTROL ( See Fig . 5 ) ENGINE SPEED The engine speed is controlled by a lever ( red knob ) CONTROL LEVER located on the side of the engine . Fast ( _ ) position is for starting the engine , normal cutting , and better grass bagging . Slow ( , _ ! ) position is for light cutting , trimming and fuel economy . ENGINE ZONE CONTROL CAUTION : Federal regulations require an engine control to be installed on this lawn mower in order to minimize the FIG . 5 risk of blade contact injury . Do not un - der any circumstances attempt to de - LOWER WHEELS feat the function of the operator control . FOR HIGH CUT RAISE WHEELS FOR LOW CUT The blade turns when the engine is running . . Your lawn mower is equipped with an operator pres - ence control bar which requires the operator to be positioned behind the lawn mower handle to start and operate the fawn mower . TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT ( See Fig . 6 ) • Raise wheels for low cut and lower wheels for high cut . . Wheels are set in low cut for shipping . Adjust cutting height to suit your requirements . Medium position is best for most lawns . • To change cutting height , squeeze adjuster lever to - ward wheel . Move wheel up or down to suit your FIG . 6 requirements , Be sure al ] wheels are in the same setting , 8
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OPERATION TO EMPTY GRASS CATCHER z ( See Fig , 7 } • Lift up on grass catcher using the frame handle . ® Remove grass catcher with clippings from under lawn mower handle . Empty clippings from bag using both frame handle and bag handle . NOTE : Do not drag the bag when emptying ; it will cause unnecessary wear . BEFORE STARTING ENGINE OIL A Your lawn mower is shipped without oil in the engine . , Be sure mower is level and area around oil fill is clean . Remove engine oil cap w / dipstick and fill to the full line FIG . 7 on the dipstick . • Use 20 ozs . of oil . For type and grade of oil to use , see " ENGINE " in Customer Responsibilities section of this manual , Pour oil slowly . Do not over fil ! . . • Check oil level before each use Add oil if needed . Fill to full fine on dipstick . • To read proper level , tighten engine oil cap each time . • Reinstall engine oil cap and tighten . After the first two ( 2 ) hours of mowing , change the oil , and every 25 hours thereafter . You may need to change the oil more often under dusty , dirty conditions . GAS , Fill gasoline tank with fresh , clean , unleaded gasoline . DO NOT USE PREMIUM GASOLINE , BE CAREFUL NOT TO OVER FILL TANK . WARNING : Experience indicates that alcohol blended fuels ( called gasoho ! or using ethanol or methanol ) can attract moisture which leads to separation and formation of acids during storage . Acidic gas can damage the fuel system of an engine while in storage . To avoid engine problems , the fuel system should be emptied before stor - age of 30 days or longer . Drain the fuel tank , start the engine and let it run until fuel lines and carburetor are empty , Use fresh fuel next season . See Storage lnstruc - tions for additional information . Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in fuel tank or permanent damage may occur . 9
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OPERATIO TO START ENGINE To start a cold engine , push primer five ( 5 ) times before trying to start . Use a firm push . This step is not usually necessary when starting an engine which has MAX 113 already run for a few minutes . , Push engine speed control lever to fast ( _ ) position . • Hold operator presence control bar down to the handle and pull starter handle quickly , Do not allow starter rope to snap back . • To stop engine , release operator presence control bar . NOTE : In cooler weather it may be necessary to repeat priming steps . 1n warmer weather over priming may cause flooding and engine will not start , if you do flood engine , FIG , 8 wait a few minutes before attempting to start and do not repeat priming steps . MULCHING MOWING TIPS IMPORTANT : FOR BEST PERFORMANCE , KEEP MOWING TIIPS MOWER HOUSING FREE OF BUILT - UP GRASS AND TRASH . CLEAN UNDERSIDE OF MOWER HOUSING o Under certain conditions , such as very tall grass , it AFTER EACH USE . SEE " CLEANING " IN CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES SECTION OF THIS MANUAL . may be necessary to raise the height of cut to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading the en - The speciat mulching blade will recut the grass clip - gine and leaving clumps of grass clippings . pings many times and reduce them in size so that as they fall onto the lawn they will disperse into the grass For extremely heavy cutting , reduce the width of cut and not be noticed . Also , the mulched grass wilt and raise the rear of the lawn mower housing one ( 1 ) biodegrade quickly to provide nutrients for the lawn . wheel adjuster setting higher than the front for better Always mulch with your highest engine ( blade ) speed discharge of grass . as this will provide the best recutting action of the * For better grass bagging and most cutting conditions , blades . the engine speed should be set in the fast ( ' _ ) • Avoid cutting your lawn when it is wet . Wet grass position . tends to form clumps and interferes with the mulching When using a rear discharge lawn mower in moist , action . The best time to mow your tawn is the early heavy grass , clumps of cut grass may not enter the afternoon . At this time the grass has dried and the grass catcher . Reduce ground speed ( pushing speed ) newly cut area will not be exposed to the direct sun . and / or run the lawn mower over the area a second • For best results , adjust the tawn mower cutting height time . so that the lawn mower cuts off only the top one - third * tf a trail of grass clippings is left on the right side of a of the grass blades ( See Fig . 8 ) . If the lawn is rear discharge lawn mower , mow in a clockwise overgrown it will be necessary to raise the height of cut direction with a small overlap to collect the clippings to reduce pushing effort and to keep from overloading on the next pass . the engine and leaving clumps of mulched grass . For Keep top of engine around starter clear and clean of extremely heavy mulching , reduce your width of cut , grass clippings and chaff . This will help engine air mow slowly and raise the rear of the lawn mower one flow and extend engine life . wheel adjuster setting higher than the front . , Pores in cloth grass catchers can become filled with Certain types of grass and grass conditions may dirt and dust with use and catchers will collect tess require that an area be mulched a second time to grass . To prevent this , regularly hose catchers off completely hide the clippings . When doing a second with water and let dry before using . cut , mow across or perpendicular to the first cut path . • Change your cutting pattern from week to week . Mow north to south one week then change to east to west the next week . This wilt help prevent matting and graining of the lawn . 10
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CUSTO RESPO JL ES MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FILL 1N DATES AS YOU COMPLETE REGULAR SERVICE SERVICE DATES Check for Loose Fasteners Qean , qnspect GraSS catcher | - " v ' ( if Equipped ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . | _ / Clean Lawn Mower _ # ' Inspect ! Clean Drive Wheels • ( Self - Propelled Mowers ) _ _ . . SharpenlReplace Mower Blade _ ' 3 Lubrication Chart v ' Clean Battery / Recharges ) ( Electric Start Mower . . C . . , . h . eck , , EnOg ! in ! Leev , , el . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Change Engine Oil . . . . . _ . . . . . . . . , , _ , , , ! , , 2 : Clean Air Filter _ 2 Inspect Muffler J Replace Spark Plug Replace Air Filter Paper Cartridge t - Change more often when operating under a heavy load or in high ambient temperatures , 2 - Service more often when operating in dirty or dusty conditions , 3 - Replace blades more often when mowing in sandy soil . 4 - Charge 48 hours at end of season . LUBRaCATION CHART WHEEL GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS L _ ) ENGINF * OIL ADJUSTER The warranty on this lawn mower does not cover items that have been subjected to operator abuse or negligence . To receive full value from the warranty , operator must maintain mower as instructed in this manual . Some adjustments will need to be made periodically to properly maintain your unit . All adjustments in the Service and Adjustments section of . this manual should be checked at least once each season ( _ ) BRAKE ' % • Once a year , replace the spark plug , replace air filter element and check blade for wear . A new spark plug and clean / new air filter element assures proper air - fuel mixture and helps your engine run better and last longer , ( _ ) HANDLE BRACKET Follow the maintenance schedule in this manual . MOUNT , NG P , N d ; _ R HINGI _ BEFORE EACH USE , Check engine oil level . ( _ ) SPRAY LUBRICANT Check for loose fasteners . ( _ ) REFER TO CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITIES " ENGINE " SECTION , LUBRICATION iMPORTANT : DO NOT OIL OR GREASE PLASTIC WHEEL Keep unit well lubricated ( See " LUBRICATION CHART " ) , BEARINGS . VISCOUS LUBRICANTS WILL ATTRACT DUST AND DIRT THAT WILL SHORTEN THE LIFE OF THE SELF LUBRICATING BEARINGS , IF YOU FEEL THEY MUST BE LUBRICATED , USE ONLY A DRY , POWDERED GRAPHITE TYPE LUBRICANT SPARINGLY . 1 !
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L S ESPONS CUSTOM LAWN MOWER CRANK - SHAFT & Always observe safety rules when performing any mainte - BLADE ADAPTER nance . DETAIL BLADE TIRES EDGE ADAPTER Keep tires free of gasoline , oil , or insect control chemi - cals which can harm rubber . KEY • Avoid stumps , stones , deep ruts , sharp objects and other hazards that may cause tire damage . BLADE CARE CSHRAAFNTK - For best results , mower blade must be kept sharp . Replace BLADE bent or damaged blades , , _ L _ L BOLT CRANK - TO REMOVE BLADE ( See Fig . 9 ) SHAFT KEYWAY • Disconnect spark plug wire from spark plug and place LOCK WASHER BLADE ADAPTER wire where it cannot come in contact with spark plug . • Turn lawn mower on its side , Make sure air filter and FiG . 9 carburetor are up . Use a wood block between blade and mower housing NOTE : We do not recommend sharpening blade - but if to prevent blade from turning when removing blade you do , be sure the blade is balanced , bolt . TO SHARPEN BLADE Protect your hands with gloves and / or wrap blade with - The blade can be sharpened with a file or on a grinding heavy ctoth . wheel . Do not attempt to sharpen while on the mower . o Remove blade bolt by turning counter - clockwise . Use To check blade balance , drive a nail into a beam or wall . a 9 / I6 " box or open - end wrench . Leave about one inch of the straight nail exposed . • Remove blade and attaching hardware ( bolt , lock Place center hole of blade over the head of the nail . If washer and hardened washer ) . blade is balanced , it should remain in a horizontal NOTE : Remove the blade adapter and check the key position , tf either end of the blade moves downward , inside hub of blade adapter . The key must be in good sharpen the heavy end unti ! the blade is balanced . condition to work properly . Replace adapter if damaged . GRASS CATCHER TO REPLACE BLADE ( See Fig . 9 ) • The grass catcher may be hosed with water , but must • Position the blade adapter on the engine crankshaft . be dry when used . Be sure key in adapter and keyway in crankshaft are Check your grass catcher often for damage or deterio - aligned . ration . Through normal use it will wear . if catcher , Position blade on the blade adapter aligning the two ( 2 ) needs replacing , replace only with a manufacturer holes in the blade with the raised lugs on the adapter . approved replacement catcher . Give the lawn mower • Be sure the trailing edge is up toward the engine , model number when ordering . o Install the blade bolt with the lock washer and hardened washer into blade adapter and crankshaft . o Use block of wood between blade and lawn mower housing and tighten the blade bolt , turning clockwise . The recommended tightening torque is 35 - 40 ft , lbs . iMPORTANT : BLADE BOLT IS GRADE 8 HEAT TREATED , 12
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CUSTOME SPONSIBILITIES ENGINE LUBRICATION Use only high quality detergent oil rated with API service classification SG , Select the oil's SAE viscosity grade according to your expected operating temperature . SAE VtSCOS _ TY GRADES - 20 _ 30 _ 32 _ 40 _ 60 ° 80 " 100 " r . _ oo . 2oo . _ oo o " 1 ' o ' 20 ° ; oo _ o _ ' f CONTAINER TEMPERATURE RANGE ANTiCiPATED BEFORE NEXT OIL CHANGE NOTE : Although multi - viscosity oils ( 5W30 , 10W30 etc . ) FIG . 10 improve starting in cold weather , these multi - viscosity oils will result in increased oil consumption when used above COLLAR 32 ° F . Check your engine oil level more frequently to avoid possible engine damage from running low on oil . Change the oil after the first two hours of operation and OL every 25 hours thereafter or at least once a year if the lawn R mower is not used for 25 hours in one year . Check the crankcase oil level before starting the engine and after each five ( 5 ) hours of continuous use . Tighten oil plug securely each time you check the oil level . TAB / TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL ( See Fig . t0 ) _ _ N CLOCKWISE Remove engine oil cap ; lay aside on a clean surface . • Tip lawn mower on its side and drain oil into a suitable TO TIGHTEN AIR FILTER COVER container . Rock lawn mower back and forth to remove any oil trapped inside of engine . FIG . 11 • Wipe off any spilled oil on lawn mower and on side of engine . CLEANING , Filt engine with oil . Fill only to the " FULL " line on the dipstick . DO NOT OVER FILL . IMPORTANT : FOR BEST PERFORMANCE , KEEP MOWER HOUSING FREE OF BUILT - UP GRASS ANDG = Reptace engine oil cap . TRASH , CLEAN UNDERSIDE OF MOWER HOUSIN Reconnect spark plug wire to spark plug . AFTER EACH USE , AiR FILTER CAUTION : Disconnect spark plug wire Your engine wift not run properly and may be damaged by using a dirty air filter . from spark plug and place wire where it cannot come in contact with the spark Replace the air filter every year , more often if you mow in plug . very dusty , dirty conditions . Do not wash air filter . TO CHANGE AIR FILTER ( See Fig . t 1 ) Turn tawn mower on its side . Make sure air filter and Remove the air filter cover by turning counterclockwise carburetor are up . Clean the underside of your lawn to the stop and pull away from collar . mower by scraping to remove build - up of grass and Remove filter from inside of cover . trash . Clean the inside of the cover and the collar to remove Clean engine often to keep trash from accumulating . A any dirt accumulation . clogged engine runs hotter and shortens engine life . Insert new filter into cover . o Keep finished surfaces and wheels free of all gasoline , • Put air filter cover and filter into collar aligning the tab oil , etc . with the slot . o We DO NOT recommend using a garden hose to clean Push in on cover and turn clockwise to tighten , lawn mower unless the electrical system , muffler , air MUFFLER filter and carburetor are covered to keep water out . Inspect and replace corroded muffler as it could create a Water in engine can result in shortened engine life . fire hazard and / or damage , SPARK PLUG Change your spark plug each year to make your engine start easier and run better . Set spark plug gap at . 030 inch . 13
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SERVICE AND ADJUSTMENTS . . . . . . . . i LAWN MOWER SHIPPING POSEION MEDIUM LOW MEDIUM HIGH TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT See " TO ADJUST CUTTING HEIGHT " in the Operation section of this manual . REAR DEFLECTOR The rear deflector , attached between the rear wheels of your lawn mower , is provided to minimize the possibility that objects will be thrown out the rear of the lawn mower into the operator's mowing position . tf the rear deflector becomes damaged , it should be replaced . TO ADJUST HANDLE ( See Figs . 12 Thru 14 ) Your lawn mower handle can be raised or lowered for your FIG , 12A FIG . 12B mowing comfort . Four ( 4 ) positions are available : high , medium high , medium tow and low . Handles are shipped mounted in the medium low position . LOW * To change from medium tow to medium high position , the upper and lower handle sections wilt have to be turned over ( See Fig . 12B ) . o Remove the controls and operator presence control bar from the upper handle . - Remove the starter rope guide from the lower handle . * Remove hairpin cotters . , Disconnect the lower handle from the handle brackets ( See Fig . 14 ) , = Turn the handle over and reassemble the hairpin cotters that have been removed . - Reassemble the starter rope guide . , Reassemble the controls and the operator presence control bar to the upper handle . FIG . 13A FiG . t3B LOWER HANDLE CAUT ! ON : The operator presence con - SQUEEZE \ brake engagement when control bar ise TO REMOVE trol bar must pivot freely to permit blad released . Do not over tighten the fas - teners holding the controls to the upper handle . To change from medium tow to high position only the HANDLE upper handle section will have to be turned over ( See BRACKET Fig . 13A ) . HAIRPIN CLIP - To change from medium low to tow position , only ethee lower handle section wilt have to be turned over ( S FIG . 14 Fig . 13B ) . ENGINE ENGINE SPEED CARBURETOR Your carburetor has a non - adjustable fixed main jet for Your engine speed has been factory set . Do not attempt to increase engine speed or it may result in personal mixture control . If your engine does not operate properly due to suspected carburetor problems , take your lawn injury . If you believe that the engine is running too fast or too stow , take your lawn mower to an authorized service mower to an authorized service center for repair or adjust - ment , center for repair and adjustment . 14
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STORAGE immediately prepare your lawn mower for storage at the ENGINE end of the season or if the unit wilt not be used for 30 days FUEL SYSTEM or more . iMPORTANT : IT ] S IMPORTANT TO PREVENT GUM DEPOSITS FROM FORMING tN ESSENTIAL FUELR , LAWN MOWER SYSTEM PARTS SUCH AS CARBURETOR , FUEL FILTE FUEL HOSE , OR TANK DURING STORAGE . ALSO , When lawn mower is to be stored for a period of time , clean EXPERIENCE INDICATES THAT ALCOHOL BLENDED it thoroughly , remove all dirt , grease , leaves , etc . Store in FUELS ( CALLED GASOHOL OR USING ETHANOL DORS a clean , dry area . METHANOL ) CAN ATTRACT MOISTURE WHICH LEA TO SEPARATION AND FORMATION OF ACIDS DURINGEL , Clean entire lawn mower ( See " CLEANING " in the STORAGE . AC _ D1C GAS CAN DAMAGE THE FU Customer Responsibilities section of this manual ) . SYSTEM OF AN ENGINE WHILE IN STORAGE . Lubricate as shown in the Customer Responsibilities • Drain the _ uel tank . section of this manual . • Be sure that all nuts , bolts , screws , and pins are • Start the engine and let it run until the fuel lines and securely fastened . Inspect moving parts for damage , carburetor are empty . breakage and wear . Replace if necessary . Never use engine or carburetor cleaner products in the • Touch up all rusted or chipped paint surfaces ; sand fuel tank or permanent damage may occur . lightly before painting . Use fresh fuel next season . HANDLE ( See Fig . 15 ) NOTE : Fuel stabilizer is an acceptable alternative in You can fold your lawn mower handle for storage . minimizing the formation of fuel gum deposits during stor - , Squeeze the bottom ends of the lower handle towardle age . Add stabilizer to gasoline in fuel tank or storage each other until the lower handle clears the hand container . Always follow the mix ratio found on stabilizer bracket , then move handle forward , container . Run engine at least t0 minutes after addingDo stabilizer to allow the stabilizer to reach the carburetor . • Loosen upper handle mounting bolts enough to allow not drain the gas tank and carburetor if using fue ! stabilizer . upper handle to be folded back . IMPORTANT , WHEN FOLDING THE HANDLE FOR ENGINE OIL STORAGE OR TRANSPORTATION , BE SURE TO FOLD THE HANDLE AS SHOWN OR YOU MAY DAMAGE THE Drain oil ( with engine warm ) and replace with clean engine CONTROL CABLES . oil . ( See " ENGINE " in the Customer Responsibilities section of this manual ) . When setting up your handle from the storage position , CYLINDER the lower handle wit ! automatically lock into the mow - ing position . * Remove spark plug . * Pour one ounce ( 29 ml ) of oil through spark plug hole into cylinder . LOWER HANDLE * Pull starter handle slowly a few times to distribute oil . , Replace with new spark plug . OTHER HANDLE BRACKET • Do not store gasoline from one season to another , • Replace your gasoline can if your can starts to rust . Rust and / or dirt in your gasoline wilt cause problems . , If possible , store your unit indoors and cover it to give protection from dust and dirt . . \ • Cover your unit with a suitable protective cover that HAIRPIN does not retain moisture . Do not use plastic . Plastic COTTER cannot breathe which allows condensation to form and will cause your unit to rust . OPERATOR PRESENCE IIMPORTANT : NEVER COVER MOWER WHILE ENGINE CONTROLBAR AND EXHAUST AREAS ARE STILL WARM . UPPER HANDLE CAUTION : Never storethe _ awn mower FOLDFORWARD FORSTORAGE ing where fumes may reach an open wflaitmhegoarsoslpinaerk , inAtlhloewtatnhke iennsgidinee atobuciotdool FOLD BACKWARD before storing in any enclosure . MOWING POSiTiON LOWER HANDLE FIG . ! , 5 15
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REPAIR PARTS CRAFTSMAN 20 " ROTARY LAWN MOWER - - MODEL NO . 917.383640 1 \ 2 43 42 41 14 6 \ 58 35 43 42 4O 4t \ 38 \ 32 33 28 21 t8 23 57 24 44 32 4O 25 39 \ 36 5O \ 38 41 39
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REPAIRPARTS CRAFTSMAN 20 " ROTARY LAWN MOWER = - MODEL NO . 917.383640 KEY PART DESCRIPT | ON KEY PART DF . . SCRJPTiON NO . NO . NO . NO . ! 86902 Control Bar 38 62335 Belleville Washer 2 13308I _ X479 84921 Shoulder Bolt Upper Handle 3940 3 13316 ! ) X479 Mulcher Plate 750500 Wheel and Tire Assembly 7 - 1 / 2 x 1 - 1 / 2 4 103672X 52160 Washer Rope Guide 4142 5 84676X479 Lower Handle 85179 Retainer Clip 6 STD541425 Locknut t / 4 - 20 43 800090 Hubcap 7 ! 3t 959 Handle 8olt 44 85463 Danger Decal 8 85827 8509987 Cable Clip 45 Hex Head Thread Rolling Screw 3 / 8 - 16 x 1 4834 9 51793 Hairpin Cotter 46 Lawn Mower Housing ( Incl . Key # 18 , 22 , 24 , 10 . . . . . . 136376 , . Handle Knob 44 , 50 ) 11 _ . ; _ : 85i664 : 751592 Locknut 3 / 8ol 6 Engine Zone Control Cable 4749 72070505 12 74350424 Hex Head Bolt 1 / 4 - 20 - I - 1 / 2 Carriage Bolt 5 / 16 - t8 x 5 / 8 132354X479 Front Baffle 13 750097 Hex Washer Head Screw t0 - 24 x 1 / 2 50 851084 Hex Head Machine Screw 14 86899X004 Up - Stop Bracket 51 17 48257 Rear Door Assembly Kit ( incl . Ref , # 16 ) 3 / 8 - 24 x 1 - 3 / 8 ( Grd . 8 ) / 18 88551X479 850263 Back Plate 52 Helical Lockwasher 3 8 19 STD622506 851074 Washer Self Tapping Screw 10 - 24 x 5 / 8 53 20 86344 752233 Blade 20 " Self Tapping Screw 10 - 24 x 1 / 2 54 21 54583 850977 Blade mAdaptere Hex Head Tapping Screw 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 / 2 556 22 700063X479 Rear Baffle 5 88614 Catcher Fra 23 88652 751663 Hinge Screw t / 4 - 20 x I - 1 / 4 57 Grass Bag 24 133184X479 Side Baffle 58 701268 Engine - Craftsman Model No . 143.434312 701414 25 133335X479 Owner's Manual Discharge Baffle - - 26 133259 Rear Deflector 28 701144X4 ! 7 Available accessories not included with lawn mower : Handle Bracket Assembly ( Left ) 29 70t143X417 7 _ t133303 Handle Bracket Assembly ( Right ) Clipping Deflector 30 STD 541431 Locknut 5 / 16 - 18 71 _ 33723 HFWheel Kit 31 55187 Screw 5 / 16 - 18 x 3 / 4 7 _ 133623 Gas Can ( 2.5 gal . ) 32 700375 Fuel Stabilizer 7 _ 1133500 Wheel Adjusting Bracket 33 84920 7133300 Spacer SAE 30W Oil ( 20 oz . ) 34 86344 Dust Shield 7133417 Serf Tapping Screw # t0 - 24 x 1 - 1 / 2 35 87877 Selector Knob Mower Cover 7 _ t133316 36 700331X004 Selector Spring 37 85021X004 Axle Arm Assembly
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CRAFTSMAN 4 - CYCLE ENGINE MODENLUMBE1R43 . 4343 ! 2 MODELandSERIAL NUMBERSHERE 310 207 18
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CRAFTSMAN 4oCYCLE ENGINE MODENLUMBE1R43 . 4343t2 REF PART REF PART . . . . . . . . . . . . i NO . NO . DESCRIPTION NO . NO , DESCRIPTION 1 34975 Cylinder Assy , ( lncL # 2,8 , 9 and 20 ) t50 35991 Spring , Valve 2 26727 Pin , Dowel 151 3316734A . Cap , Lower Vatve Spring 6 33734 Element Breather 169 272 Gasket , Valve Spring Box 7 34214A Breather Assembly ( Includes 172 32755 Cover , Valve Spring Box # Screw , Seres , Hex Hd . 10 - 24 x 1 / 2 Reference # 6 , 8 , 9 , t2A and 12B ) t74 2650128 8 33735 * Gasket , Breather 178 2975 Nut and Lock Washer 1 / 4 - 28 9 30200 Screw , Seres , Hex Washer Head , 182 6201 Screw , Hex Cap Head 1 / 4 - 28 x 7 / 8 * Gasket , Carburetor Self - Tapping # 10 - 24 x 9 / 16 184 8267564A 12A 33886 Tube , Breather t85 313 Pipe , lntake ( Includes Ref . # 224 ) 12B 34695 Elbow , Breather Tube 186 34337 Link , Governor SpringHead , 14 28277 Washer , Fiat 189 650839 Screw , Seres , Hex Powerlok 15 30589 t / 4 - 20 x 3 / 8 Rod , Governor ( Includes Ref . # t4 ) 16 31383A Lever , Brake Lever , Governor I90 35831 t7 31335 Clamp , Governor Lever 19I 35040B Bracket , S . E . Brake ( includes # 195 ) ' 18 650548 Link , Control Screw , Hex Washer # 8 - 32 x 5 / 16 192 34966 t9 36281 Spring , Extension t93 34965 Spring , Extension 20 32600 Seal , Oil 194 32309 Ring , Retainingembly 30 34460A Crankshaft Assembly 195 610973 Terminal Ass 40 34514 Bracket Assembly , Control Piston , Pin & Ring Assy . , Standard 200 35727 34515 ( includes Reference # 202 thru 205 ) Piston , Pin & Ring Assy . . 010 " Over 34516 Piston , Pin & Ring Assy . . 020 " Over 202 33802 Spring , Compression ( Assemblys Include # 4 ! , 42 and 43 ) 203 31342 Spring , Compressionad 41 32538B Screw , Fiilister He # 5 - 40 x 7 / 16 Piston & Pin Assembly , Standard 204 650549 32548B Screw , Fitlister Head # 6 - 32 x 21 / 32 Piston & Pin Assembty . 0t0 " Over 205 650777 32549B Link , Throttle Piston & Pin Assembly . 020 " Over 207 34336 Knob , Control RAssemblys Include Reference # 43 ) 215 32410 42 28986 Screw , Seres , Hex Head 1 / 4 - 20 x 1 ing Set , Piston , Standard Size 223 650451 28987 Ring Set , Piston . 010 " Oversize 224 . 34690A * Gasket , Intake Pipeer 28988 Screw , Hex Wash Head , Ring Set , Piston . 020 " Oversize 238 650932 43 20381 Ring , Piston Pin Retaining Shoulder # t0 - 32 x 49 / 64 . 45 30963B * Gasket , Air Cleaner Rod Assy . , Connecting ( Incl . # 46 ) 239 34338 46 326t0A Cellar , Air Cleaner Bott , Connecting Rod 241 6357976 48 27241 Valve , Lifter 245 350 Filter , Air Cleaner , Paper 5O 35990 Cover , Air Cleaner Camshaft ( Compression Release ) 250 35065 52 29914 Pump Assembly , Oil 260 35393 Housing , aBlowersher 69 35261 Screw , Hex W Head , * Gasket , Mounting Flange 262 650831 70 35868A Powertok Thread 1 / 4 - 20 x 15 / 32 Flange , Mounting ( Includes Reference # 72 , 75 , 80 , 81,82 & 83 ) 275 27181B Muffler Assembly ( Includes # 277 ) 72 36083 Screw , Hex Head 1 / 4 - 20 x 2 - 1 / 4 Plug , Oil Drain 277 6507950 75 26208 Seal , Oil 285 3500 Hub , Starter 80 30574A Screw , Hex Washer # 8 - 32 x 21 / 64 Shaft , Governor 287 5650926 81 30590A Washer , Flat 290 3070 Line , Fuel 82 30591 Gear Assy . , Governor ( Incl . # 81 ) 292 26460 Clamp , Fuel Line 83 30588A Spool , Governor 298 28763 Screw , Hex Washer Head , 86 650488 Screw , Seres , Hex I / 4 - 20 x tq / 4 Shakeproof # 10 - 32 x 35 / 64 89 611004 Key , Flywheel 300 34369A Tank Assy . , Fuel ( incl . # 292 & 30 ! ) 90 611112 Cap , Fuel Flywheel , _ 30I 353557 92 650815 Washer , Betlvvilfe 305 3557 Tube , Oil Fill 93 650816 Nut , Flywheel 306 34265 * Gasket , Fill Tube 100 34443A Solid State Assembly 307 35499 " 0 " Ring ! 01 610118 Cover , Spark Plug 309 650562 Screw , Hex Washer Head , t03 650814 Shoulder # 10 - 32 x 13 / 32 Screw , Seres , Torx T - t5 , Hex Washer Head # 10o24 x 1 310 35578 Dipstick , Oil Fitl ! 10 34961 Wire , Ground 313 34080 Spacer , Flywheel Key 1t9 29953C * Gasket , Cylinder Head 327 35392 Plug , Starterttle ! 20 34335 Decal , Thro Head , Cylinder 370C 351676 I25 29313C Valve , Exhaust , Standard Size 380 63264 Carburetor ( includes Ref , # t84 ) 29315C Valve , Exhaust , 1 / 32 " Oversize 390 590686 Starter , Rewind 126 293t4B Valve , Intake , Standard Size 400 36206 Gasket Set ( Incl . Items Marked * ) 29315C Valve , Intake , 1 / 32 " Oversize ( Afl Valves tnctude Reference # 15 ! ) RPM Settings : Low : 2300 _ 2600 , High : 2900 - 3200 130 6021A * Indicates Parts Included in Gasket Set , Reference # 400 Screw , Hex Flange 5 / 16 - 18 x 1 - 1 / 2 135 35395 Spark Plug , Resisto , Type NOTE : Atl component dimensions given in U . S , inches ! inch = 25.4 mm ( Champion RJ - - 19LM or Equivalent ) ! 9
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CRAFTSMAN 4 = CYCLE ENGINE MODENLUMBE1R43 . 434312 CARBURETOR NO . 632646 REF PART NO , NO , DESCRIPTION - - 632646 Carburetor , Complete 1 631615 Throttle Shaft and Lever Assembly 2 631767 Throttle Return SpringThrottle 4 631184 Dust Seal Washer , 5 631183 Dust Sea ! , Throttle 6 632504 Throttle Shutter 7 650506 Throttle and Choke Shutter Screw t6 631807 Fuel Fittingwl 25 631867 Float Bo 27 631024 Shaft , Float 28 632019 Float dt 29 631028 " O " Ring , Float Bowl to Body , . . ! 1 30 631021 Inlet Needle , Seat and Clip ( Includes Reference Number 31 ) 31 631022 Spring Clip 35 36045 Primer Bulb / Retainer Ring _ . . . J 35A 632647 Primer Bulb Filter 40 6325O3 High Speed Bowl Nut 44 27110 Bowl Nut Washer 48 631027 Welch Plug , Atmospheric Vent REWIND STARTER NO . 590686 REF PART NO . NO , DESCRIPTION - - 590686 Starter , Rewind 1 590599A Pin , Spring ( Includes Reference # 4 ) 2 590600 Washer 3 590615 rRetainer 4 590601 Washe 5 590598 Spring , Brake 6 590616 Dog , Starter 7 590617 Spring , Dog 8 590618 Pulley 9 590619 Spring , Rewind 10 590620 Cover , Spring 11 590687 Housing Assembly , Starter ( 40 ° Grommet ) , , 12 590535 Rope , Starter ( 98 Long , 9 / 64 " Dia . ) 13 590452 Handle , Starter NOTE : All component dimensions given in U , S . inches 1 inch = 25.4 mm 2O
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TROU LESHOOTING POINTS PROBLEM CAUSE CORRECTION Does not start 1 . Dirty air filter , 1 , Clean / replace air filter . 2 . Out of fuel , 2o Filtfuel tank . 3 . Stale fuel , 3 , Drain tank and refill with fresh clean fuel . 4 . Water infuet , 4 , Drain fuel tank and carburetorand refill tank with fresh gasoline . 5 . Spark plug wire is disconnected . 5 . Connect wire to plug . 6 . Bad spark plug , 6 . Replace spark plug , 7 . Loose blade or broken blade adapter , 7 , Tighten blade bolt or replace blade adapter . 8 . Control bar in released position 8 . Depress control bar to handle . 9 . Control bar defective 9 , Replace control bar , Loss of power I . Rear of lawn mower housing / blade dragging t . Set in " Higher Cut " position . in heavy grass . 2 , Cutting too much grass , 2 . Set in " Higher Cur ' position . 3 . Dirty air filter , 3 , Clean / replace air fitter . 4 , Buildup of grass , leaves and trash under mower . 4 . Ctean underside of mower housing , 5 . Check oif leveL 5 , Too much oil in engine , 6 . Waiking speed too fast . 6 . Cut at slower walking speed . Poor cut - uneven I . Worn , bent or loose blade . 1 , Replace blade , Tighten blade bolt . 2 , Wheel heights uneven , 2 . Set a ! l wheels at same height . 3 , Lowengine speed , 3 . Set engine speed control in fast position , 4 . Buildup of grass , leaves , and trash under mower . 4 , Clean underside of mower housing , Excessive vi bration 1 . Worn , bent or loose blade . t . Replace blade , Tighten blade bolt , 2 . Bent engine crankshaft . 2 , Contact authorized service center / department , Starter rope hard to put ! 1 . Engine flywheel brake is on when controt bar is 1 , Depress control bar to upper handle before released . puWng starter rope , 2 , Bent engine crankshaft 2 . Contact authorized service center / department 3 . Biadeadapter broken . 3 . Replace blade adapter . 4 . Move lawn mower to cut grass or to hard surface 4 . Btade dragging in grass . to start engine . Grass catcher not filling 1 . Cutting height tooiow . 1 . Raise cutting height . 2 . Lift on bladeworn off . ( If so equipped ) 2 . Replace blade , 3 . Catcher not venting air . 3 , Clean grass catcher , 4 . Low engine speed . 4 . Set engine speed control in fast position . Hard to push t . Grass is too high or wheel height is too low . 1 . Raisecu , Ning height . 2 . Rear of lawn mower housing / blade dragging 2 . Raise rear of lawn mower housing one ( 1 ) in grass . setting higher . 3 . Grass catcher too full . 3 . Empty grass catcher . 4 . Hand { e height position not right for you . 4 . Adjust handle height to suit . 21
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® OW 3.8 HORSEPOWER 20 " REAR DISCHARGE 3 in ONE ConvettibJe ROTARY LAWN MOWER Each Lawn Mower has its own model number , Each engine has its own model number . The model number for your lawn mower wilt be found on MODEL NO . a decal attached to the rear of the lawn mower housing . 917.383640 The model number for the engine will be found on the Blower Housing of the engine adjacent to the spark plug , All parts listed here in may be ordered through Sears , Roebuck and Co , Service Centers and most Retail Stores , WHEN ORDERING REPAIR PARTS , ALWAYS GIVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION : " PRODUCT - " ROTARY LAWN MOWER " MODEL NUMBER - 917,383640 ° ENGINE - CRAFTSMAN MODEL NO . 143,434312 HOW TO ORDER ' _ PART NUMBER REPAIR PARTS e PART DESCRIPTION Your Sears merchandise has added value when youe consider that Sears has service units nationwid staffed with Sears trained technicians . _ professional technicians specifically trained on Sears products , having the parts , tools and the equipment to insure that we meet our pledge to you , we service what we sell . 701414 11 / 14 / 92 Printed in U . S , A . . . . . . . IIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII II II IIII I1
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033012 Kit tune up
0701414 Manual
033623 Gas can (2.5 gal.) available accessories not in...
033500 Fuel stabilizer available accessories not inclu...
033303 Clipping deflector available accessories not in...
033300 Sae 30w oil (20 oz.) available accessories not ...
033723 Hi-wheel kit available accessories not included...
033417 Dust shield available accessories not included ...
033316 Mower cover available accessories not included ...
186902 Control bar
10136376 Handle knob
11851664 Cable
1274350424 Bolt
13750097 Hex washer head self-tapping screw #10-24 x 1/2
1486899X004 Bracket
1748257 Door
1888551X479 Back plate
19STD622506 Self tapping screw 10-24 x 5/8
2133088X479 Upper handle
2086344 Screw
2154583 Hex head tapping screw 1/4-20 x 1/2
22700063X479 Rear Baffle
2388652 Hinge screw
24133184X479 Side baffle
25133335X479 Discharge baffle
26133259 Rear deflector
28701144X417 Handle bracket assembly (left)
29701143X417 Handle bracket assembly (right)
3133169X479 Mulcher plate
30STD541431 Locknut 5/16-18
3155187 Screw
32700375 Wheel adjusting bracket
3384920 Spacer
3486344 Screw
3587877 Knob
36700331X004 Spring
3785021X004 Axle arm assembly
3862335 Washer
3984921 Shoulder bolt
4103672X Rope guide
40750500 Wheel and tire assembly 7 - 1/2 x 1 - 1/2
4152160 Washer
4285179 Retainer clip (front)
43800090 Hub cap
4485463 Decal
45850998 Hex head thread rolling screw 3/8-16 x 1
4648347 Lawn mower housing (incl. key #18, 22, 24, 44, 50)
47751592 Locknut 3/8-16
4972070505 Carriage bolt 5/16-18 x 5/8
584676X479 Lower handle
50132354X479 Front baffle
51851084 Screw
52850263 Lock washer
53851074 Washer
54752233 Blade 20"
55850977 Adapter
5688614 Frame
57751663 Grass bag
58701268 Engine - craftsman model no. 143.434312
6STD541425 Locknut 1/4-20
7131959 Handle bolt
885827 Clip
951793 Hairpin