Craftsman help, please!

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Terri, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Terri

    Terri LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    We have a Craftsman 21 HP, 42" Mower, Model No. 917.274040. While driving it, the engine started making a popping noise and then seized up. The oil was low and we added more, but it didn't fix it. It would start but was very low on power and black smoke was coming from the exhaust.

    Up to this point the mower has worked fine. We tend to be mechanically inept, replacing things that don't need replaced. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. The grass is starting to grow and it would be nice to know if there is any hope for our mower or if we must purchase another. Thanks so much!

  2. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 548

    No. Buy another.

    If your lawn is flat (less than 15 degree slope), any mower will do.
    If you have hills (15-25 degree slope), get a mower with an oil pump.

    And whichever mower you get, check the oil each time before you mow.
  3. lubricity

    lubricity LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    Junk it and buy another, they are disposable. Chalk it up as experience to check the fluids before running it.

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