Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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Can you tell me if your machine was built in 2004 or 2005? This model machine was built only those two years but the two years take different deck belts so I am wondering if maybe you are getting the wrong belt.
The serial number will tell you what year it was built. The fifth digit of the serial number will be a year indicator.
You have two belts on the deck. Are you using original equipment belts or aftermarket?
Are you using this same belt as a replacement for both? Which belt(s) have you replaced?
Okay, it looks like you are using the correct belt on the machine.
Let's look for any deck hangers or brackets that might be loose or broken, especially on the front of the mower deck.
Just let me know what you find.
What can I help you with on the Craftsman?
What color was the plug that was fouled? Was is a really black color or more of a white/gray color?
It being black indicates that you have a fuel problem. The engine is running to rich at least on the one cylinder. Did you replace the air filter when you were doing the other things? If not, I would take a close look at it, the engine may not be getting enough air which would cause it to run rich. If the air filter is good, then I would look at the carburetor, it may be leaking a little bit which would cause the problem as well.
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