Craftsman LT 2000 Riding Mower Won t Start. Craftsman lt2000 riding lawn mower

Sears Craftsman LT 2000 Riding Mower Issues

I picked up a 2014 LT 2000 Craftsmen 19.5 motor 42 inch mower deck. The tractor worked fine except one of the tires keeps losing air but no big deal. The last few cuts the tractor keeps bucking and it feels like the trans is slipping.

I’ve done a search and haven’t found any relevant information.

I’m not too sure what the issue is as I don’t see anything obvious wrong like a loose belt or something hanging down or stuck in there.

Any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Mike Milam

I don’t have a clue what your problem is from here, but this might give you something to look at.

I had an issue with my Craftsman LT2000 last week where it would mow for 30 minutes, I shut it off to move some things and it would just spin and never start. After a little research I found the problem. It has an electro magnetic solenoid that shuts the fuel off when the key is off. It has a plunger that when no power is supplied will extend and block the main jet where fuel couldn’t get through. They get sticky over time from today sub standard gas. Took it out and flushed the plunger with carb cleaner so it moved freely and that fixed it. Briggs and Stratton came up with it because people wouldn’t remember to turn a little valve to stop the fuel flow. When fuel was allowed to flow it would fill the crankcase and damage the engine itself.

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I have a Craftsman LT2000 mower. Why is oil shooting into my carburetor?


than likely you have a crack in your manifold that is causing this to happen. This could be a gasket problem or a problem with one of the hoses on your lawnmower. You need to check the engine of the mower and find out where the oil is coming from. Check all your hoses and make sure they are not broken.

If you can not find any damaged hoses then check the gasket on the engine block and see if you can find oil leaking from this area. If so you will need to take it apart and replace the engine gaskets on the mower.

Question: Mower Not Getting Gas to the Cylinder?

I have a Craftsman Lt2000 model 247280904 that will not get gas to the cylinder though, it does turn over. I have a new starter and battery, but when you go to start all it wants to do is crank and spin, but not start. I have checked all the gas lines. The carburetor is cleaned and it’s getting spark and combustion. Any help would be appreciated!


I had the exact same issue on a 17 HP Kohler. After scratching my head for a couple hours, I just happened to notice the gas tank looked like it was under pressure. I took the gas cap off and the tank released the pressure and it fired right up. I put the cap back on and it stalled out after about a minute.

Long story short, the vent hole on the gas cap was clogged and after cleaning and boring the hole out a little, the issue was resolved. May not be your issue, but an easy place to start.

Question: Craftsman LT 2000 Won’t Start?

I have a Craftsman LT2000 that will crank, but not turn over. The engine is an Intek 19.5 HP Briggs and Stratton. The model is 31P677 0804 B1. I have spark, I changed out the fuel solenoid and grounded it to the block with the key on and it moves in and out. I’ve taken off the flywheel and the key is in place. The gap between the flywheel and ignition thing is gapped correctly. It has a new plug and fuel filter. I am getting fuel to the carb when I put gas in the cylinder it will backfire once.


Sounds like your exhaust valve seat blew out.

Question: Craftsman Riding Lawn Mower Won’t Start?

I have a 2010 Craftsman LT2000 riding mower with a Briggs Stratton engine. It will not start. When I turn the ignition it either clicks a bunch of times or spins once or twice, but doesn’t turn over. I replaced the spark plug, adjusted the valves, got a new battery, and it still won’t start.

I did notice that it is slowly leaking gas somewhere (will not hold it in the tank over night). I’m guessing my problem is either the starter solenoid, the starter motor, or a clogged carburetor. Any suggestions?

Question: Craftsman Riding Mower Won’t Start?

My Craftsman riding mower won’t start. I have replaced fuel lines, fuel filter, air filter, coil, spark plug, and the battery but the damn thing won’t start. I have cleaned everything good, I can spray carb cleaner in the neck and it will try to start, but won’t.

What else can I do? I also added fresh gas and a fuel stabilizer just in case. Any suggestions will help. It is a Craftsman LT 2000 with Briggs and Stratton 18.5 HP OHV. I’m really frustrated with the whole lawn mower thing.


Sometimes you have to disconnect and reconnect the switch, which is located under the seat.

Question: Craftsman Lt2000 19.5hp Riding Mower Won’t Fire?

I’ve been jumping my mower off the starter and it has started fine. But after I added gas it started, shuddered, and then died. The engine spins and acts like it wants to start, but simply has not fired since.

I am thinking bad gas? Should I drain the gas or try an additive? It only ran for maybe 3-5 seconds before cutting off.


Could be bad gas, or clogged fuel line or dirty air filter. Choke is open?

Hi, does the tractor have a battery properly installed? The reason being, there is a fuel shutoff solenoid located on the carburetor that requires 12 volts to open and allow fuel to enter the engine. Jumping directly to the starter will not provide electricity to that solenoid, therefore, the engine isn’t getting gas. Try jumping directly to the battery cables so the electricity is supplied to the system and opens the fuel shutoff solenoid. If you have an ignition switch, safety switch or starter solenoid issue causing the starter to not engage via the ignition switch, install a battery and be sure the ignition is working properly and providing electricity to the fuel shutoff solenoid.

As a last resort, you can remove the fuel solenoid from the bottom of the carb, making sure to clamp off the fuel line first, and cut the needle off that prevents the fuel from getting through the main jet and into the air stream. Be sure you have spark at the plug and if not you will need to unplug the ground wire that goes to the coil. Hope this helps.

Thank you for your advice! Actually I DID have a loose battery cable I found, when I accidentally came across it! After I checked my fuel and it was clean as a whistle, no water. I thought maybe fuse. Lifted my seat then noticed the cable.

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We’re all about fixing small engines, from carburetor rebuilds, to crankshaft machining. If it has to do with small engines, it’s welcome here. Generally covering everything under 25 HP.

I just bought a house and I was given a free Craftsman riding lawn mower. It had sat outside for a couple years but had ran last year. I put a new battery in it and it started right up. I mowed my lawn once without any issues. The second time I was mowing I got almost done and the tractor sputtered and quickly died. I tried to restart it but it wouldnt start back up. I replaced the carb, and it would turn over but not fire. I replaced the spark plug and the oil level looked low so I put a little oil in it. When I tried to start it up again oil came out of the exhaust. The tractor will start, idle, and drive but it’s very rough, there was a lot of smoke and has almost no power. I fear I may have put too much oil in it. I drained the oil but when I was draining the oil it also leaked almost all the gas out as well. It looks like the plug has two different outlets so you might be able to drain the oil and the gas separately but I’m not sure. Any advice on what to do from here would be appreciated. The tractor ran well about a week ago.


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