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Before Starting; Maintenance - Craftsman 143.993506 Operator's Manual

3.5 reserve power 10 inch cubic (163 cc) displacement solid state ignition
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BEFORE STARTING
(Continued)
(_) FILL FU EL TAN K
with gasoline as specified in the preceding
"OIL & FUEL RECOMMENDATIONS
item 2.
NEVER MIX OIL WITH GASOLINE
Never use =stale* gasoline left over from last season or stored for
long pedods.
,_
NEVER FILL FUEL TANK INDOORS. NEVER FILL FUELTANK
WHEN ENG NE S RUNN NG OR HOT. DO NOT SMOKE WHEN
FILLING FUEL TANK.
_k
NEVER FILL FUEL TANK COMPLETELY.
FILL TANK TO 1/2"
BELOW BOTTOM OF FILLER NECK TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR
FUEL EXPANSION.
WIPE ANY FUEL SPILLAGE
FROM EN-
GINE AND EQUIPMENT BEFORE STARTING ENGINE.
,_ANY
LIQUERED PETROLEUM (LPG) OR NATURAL GAS FUEL
SYSTEM MUST BE LEAKPROOF
AND MEET ALL APPLICA-
I
BLE CODES AND REGULATIONS.
(_ CHECK THE FOLLOWING:
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BE SURE
EQUIPMENT
IS IN NEUTRAL
GEAR WITH
CLUTCHES,
BELTS, CHAINS AND SAFETY SWITCHES
DISENGAGED.
(FOLLOW
EQUIPMENT
MANU-
FACTURER'S
INSTRUCTIONS.)
THIS SHOULD
PLACE
ANY SAFETY SWITCHES IN SAFE STARTING POSITION.
B. Be sure sparkplugwire is attachedto sparkplug(see Figure
1).
STARTING
,_
NEVER RUN ENGINE INDOORS OR IN ENCLOSED, POORLY ]
VENTILATED AREAS ENGINE EXHAUST CONTAINS CAR-
BON MONOXIDE, AN ODORLESS AND DEADLY GAS (CAR-
BON MONOXIDE IS ALSO PRESENT IN ENGINE EXHAUST /
FROM LIQUID PETROLEUM(LPG) AND NATURAL GAS FUEL
SYSTEMS).
I
_
KEEP HANDS, FEET, HAIR AND LOOSE CLOTHING AWAY
FROM ANY MOVING PARTS ON ENGINE AND EQUIPMENT.
_
WARNING:
TEMPERATURE
OF MUFFLER
AND NEARBY
AREAS MAY EXCEED 15(PF (65°C). AVOID THESE AREAS.
STOPPING
(_) Move ENGINE CONTROL (see Figure 1) to STOP.
(_) AFTER
ENGINE
IS STOPPED:
_A.
DISCONNECT
SPARK PLUG WIRE FROM SPARK PLUG
AND AI-rACH
IT TO RETAINING POST (see FIgure 3).
_B.
NEVER STORE ENGINE WITH FUELIN T_iKINI_ORS
OR
IN ENCLOSED,
POORLY VENTILATED
AREAS, WHERE
FUEL FUMES MAY REACH AN OPEN FLAME, SPARK OR
PILOT LIGHT AS ON A FURNACE,
WATER
HEATER,
CLOTHES
DRYER OR OTHER GAS APPLIANCE.
ROPE GUIDE
Fi, lm 2
SPARK PLUG WIRE
Figure 3
MAINTENANCE
_
WARNING:
TEMPERATURE
OF MUFFLER
AND NEARBY]
AREAS MAY EXCEED 150°F (65°C). AVOID THESE AREAS.J
(_) CHECK
OIL LEVEL:
(_]) Move ENGINE CONTROL (see Figure 1) to HI Position.
(_) START
ENGINE
A. The carburetor on your engine has been completely adjusted
at the factory. When starting a cold engine, push red pdmer
bulb firmly with your thumb 5 times, allowing primer bulb to
return completely to original posistion between pushes,
Repeat the above for each starter operation as necessary,
NOTE:
DO NOT USE PRIMER TO RESTART
A WARM
ENGINE AFTER A SHORT SHUTDOWN.
B. Grasp starter handle (see Figure 2) and pull rope out, slowly,
until it pulls slightly harder. Let rope rewind slowly. Then pull
rope with a rapid full arm stroke. Let rope rewind SLOWLY. Do
not let starter handle snap back against rope guide (see
Figure 2).
C. Repeat instruction E if necessary, until engine starts.
NOTE:
if engine does not start, repeat instructions A, B and
C until it starts.
ENGINE SPEED: Engine speed is controlled by the ENGINE CON-
TROL see Figure 1).
ENGINE CONTROL should be in HI position for high grass condi-
tions and for most efficient bagging in heavy grass conditions, and
in LOW position for light grass, trimming and for fuel economy.
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Check oil level every five (5) operating hours or each time engine
is used. See =_ CHECK OIL LEVEL" in "BEFORE STARTING" on
Page 1.
(_) CHANGE
OIL:
Change oil after first two (2) operating hours and every 25
operating hours thereafter, more often if operated in extremely
dusty or dirty conditions. Change oil while engine is still warm
from recent r_Jnnin_l.
,_A,
DISCONNECT
SPARK PLUG WIRE FROM SPARK PLUG
AND ATTACH IT TO RETAINING POST (see Figure 3).
B. Position equipment so engioe oil drain plug is lowest point on
engine.
C. Remove oil drain plug and oil fill plug to drain oil (see Figure
1).
D. Replace oil drain plug and tighten securely.
E. Fill oil sump with recommended oil. See "OIL & FUEL REC-
OMMENDATIONS"
and "CHECK OIL LEVEL" on Page 1.
F. Replace oil fill plug and tighten securely.
G. Connect spark plug wire to spark plug.
H, Wipe up any spilled oil and/or gasoline.
NOTE: If it is difficultto reach the oildrain plug, drain fuel. Remove
oil fill plug and tip mower on its side. Drain oil into a suitable
container.
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