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Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb #4083671 04/30/16 02:41 PM
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Since I'm mowing two lawns now I needed something to make it quicker and easier. Acquired a 10 year old Craftsman rider. Previous owner had the carb bead blasted? Never heard of that, but it runs very poorly, as in way too rich. The oil smells like fuel really bad. Not wanting to fool with another carburetor rebuild this year, I'm just going to replace it. Looking for suggestions as to where online to purchase.

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Not got into it too much, but it's a 13.5 HP Briggs with the electric fuel shut-off solenoid. Any help would be appreciated.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4083678 04/30/16 02:50 PM
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It sounds like the previous owner didn't know what they were doing when/if they rebuilt it. But it shouldn't be too hard to find either a local source or an online source if you don't want to open up the existing carburetor. You can probably find one on Ebay or one of the many small engine specialty websites. If you're not sure which carburetor you need then you can contact them and they'll should be able to make a recommendation. I'm guessing even Amazon may have some available.

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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4083706 04/30/16 03:28 PM
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searspartsdirect has your carb. Part # 69916 $96.79 plus shipping

I used model 21B807 and Type 0326E1 to get there in their parts locator.

Double-check to make sure it is correct, though.

Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: JayhawkRoy] #4083721 04/30/16 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted By: JayhawkRoy
searspartsdirect has your carb. Part # 69916 $96.79 plus shipping

I used model 21B807 and Type 0326E1 to get there in their parts locator.

Double-check to make sure it is correct, though.


That's exactly it, but after clicking the part it came up $120. Still cheaper than tearing it off a dozen times.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4083764 04/30/16 04:53 PM
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My Sears rider has the same Briggs "AVS" single cylinder engine. I know on mine, the choke on occasion will not flip back open on it's own and I have to do it manually. I believe the plastic throat on the carb is warped a bit, causing the choke plate to stick.

My point being, make sure the choke is really open after the engine starts and warms slightly.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4083814 04/30/16 06:08 PM
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Carbs suck. Put fuel injection and COP on that sucker.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4083826 04/30/16 06:30 PM
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For that price i would opt for a new motor. Subaru or Honda would be best but cost more. Then you don't have to worry about the cost of the next part that goes.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4083943 04/30/16 08:49 PM
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Type the model number into Ebay search block with the word carburetor. Almost positively the cheapest place to find one. Don't buy one until you look at all of them offered to get the best price. Be careful if you consider re powering it...the motor will have to be about the same horsepower and have a cast iron flywheel.

Does it run as rich when the air filter isn't in place? Could be the air filter. Keep in mind that even a novice can pull that carb and rebuild it in less than an hour or so for much less than the price of a carb. Go to you tube for a video walking you through the process. Also take a few digital pictures to reference when you're reassembling it. You can "bead blast" the outside of the carb all day and not clean the little passages that get clogged. It sounds like the needle and seat is letting fuel drain into the crankcase.

Bubbatime or JTK might be able to share why poorly adjusted valves or something internal might be causing it to run rich. I'd get as much information as possible before investing a dime.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carburetor-590400-Briggs-217807-219977-21B807-21B877-21B906-more-/381589187060?hash=item58d87ce9f4:g:IZwAAOSwQgpW~9Mr

Free shipping makes it comparable to the other price above and pay pal makes it easy to do a charge back if it turns out to be junk.

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Always replace the fuel line at 10 years old. Add a fuel shutoff into the line as well.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: spk2000] #4083953 04/30/16 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted By: spk2000
For that price i would opt for a new motor.






The cost of a replacement 13.5HP engine would be more than what the mower is worth. The engine is likely perfectly fine other than it's current fuel delivery problem.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4084074 05/01/16 04:43 AM
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I will probably do a little tinkering with it here later on today. I'm a little suspect of the choke sticking, as it's rich all the time, it gets really bad under load. Air filter is like new. I will also pop off the valve cover for a quick inspection. Whoever had it previously kept good care of it. For 10 years old there is no rust or obvious damage I can see.


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That mower does look to be in good shape. I'd play with the choke or just replace the carb if it's not that.

I've got a Craftsman LT2000 with the 18hp version of that engine. It will continue to run when the choke sticks, but it pops, sputters,smokes and has no power as you'd suspect from a sticking choke.


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Re: Free Riding Mower Needs a Carb [Re: Delta] #4084258 05/01/16 09:00 AM
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Dug a little bit into it, the choke does not appear to be sticking. The spark plug was all wet from fuel as well as the intake tube having fuel in it. New carb will be ordered today so I can put it on next weekend.


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