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  1. Outdoors OMG... will someone PLEASE help me?? I have a Craftsman Lawn Tractor, Model # 917.273140 that simply died while I was cutting my lawn. It has fuel, there is spark to the plug and there is fuel getting to the carb but for some reason it is not getting to the spark. I took the air cleaner off the carb and poured a cap full of gas directly into the top and it fired and ran till that cap full was gone. I unscrewed the solenoid from beneath the carb and gas came out so I know it's getting that far. The "plunger" on the top of the solenoid is stiff (it does NOT work like a plunger when I press it with my finger) and did not move when I had it unscrewed from the carb bowl and could visualize it (and I don't know if it's supposed to). Trying to get some info on this problem has been met with nothing but question marks. I live in Alaska and over a hundred miles from the nearest service dept. and need to know if it's just a bad solenoid or what?? If it's simply a parts issue, I can fix it but my knowledge on small engines is limited. PLEASE HELP!!