Hard starting from the time I purchased it

My mower has been hard to start since the day I received it 3 years ago. It is a Craftsman YT4000 tractor with a Briggs 24 hp engine. The model number is

917.28856, motor model is 445677, type is 2188-G5, code is 121214YG

I have replaced the fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, .....no help.

I think it may be a fuel problem however the Sears manual has no info about the fuel system and how to adjust the carburetor. Need help. Thanks...

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I had the same problem on the identical mower I purchased around the same time. I noticed that it started easily when engine was hot but cold starts were hard. I checked to see if the choke was closing when the throttle was in the choke position and it wasn't. I opened the hood and closed the choke the rest of the way with my hand. It started immediately. I adjusted the cable position and now it starts first crank every time. Hope this helps.


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Will, thank you very much. You are right on with the choke being the problem. After choke was adjusted the tractor starts the first time every time hot or cold. Thanks again. Lee


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