View Full Version : Still fighting a Craftsman Mower

07-24-2007, 11:15 PM
I had a 17hp I/C Single Cylinder Briggs motor on my Craftsman LT 1000 that Died. I replaced it with a 16 hp Briggs twin cylinder. It's been more of job that I thought. The motor still cranks slow, but I think the starter is just about toast. My big problem now is that it will start and run for about 5-10 minutes then die. Gas isn't the problem. I rerouted the fuel line thinking it may be vapor locking, but it still does it. I'm thinking coil heating up? Is it an expensive part? I posted earlier about the starter dragging, I think that the starter is toast as well as the ground isn't good because the post where the wire hooks up is cracked. I plan on replacing the starter with my old one after some mods to the top. But I'm desperately seeking help on the run/quit thing.
Michael Sammons

07-24-2007, 11:42 PM
Start it up and when it shuts down pull the spark plug wires put a screw driver in the boot and hold it about 1/8" from the engine (any metal part) and see if you have spark. If not disconnect the black kill wire at the engine on the left hand side standing in front and check again.

That coil is in the $50.00 range.

07-25-2007, 12:21 AM
Thanks, I'll try it tomorrow evening. It's just that the starter drags so much when it quits, it's hard to get it to crank til it cools down. :(

07-27-2007, 01:19 PM
Can't check it out cause the starter won't turn enough to start it. I was wondering if my starter from my 17 hp would work on the 16? the 17 numbers are Model 310707, Type 0137, Code 011024ZE and the 16 is Model 402707, Type 0157, Code 85042212. Does anyone know what parts if any will transfer?

07-27-2007, 01:33 PM
You should be able to change the drive end caps, But those "C" clips holding the drive assembly on can be a bear without the proper tool from Briggs.