I am new to the group, and hoping that somebody can help me out ASAP??? I have a 2 year old Sears Craftsman 3-in-1 ( side discharge/mulching/bagging ) push lawnmower.
Last summer I noticed that the lawnmower started leaking gasoline through the air filter, when I would turn the mower on its side, to clean the underneath, after mowing my lawn.
Anyway, I took the lawnmower to Sears, because it was still under a 2 year factory warranty, and told them of the problem.
After a few weeks, they got back to me, and told me that the reason it was leaking gas through the air filter was because I "must have run over something, because the crankshaft was bent".
They told me that I would have to pay $160 dollars, because a crankshaft is NOT part of the 2 year factory warranty!?
Anyway, I went to Google and Yahoo and did a search on bent crankshafts, and I DIDN'T see not even ONE thing that stated that a "bent crankshaft" will cause gas to leaking through the air filter???
I saw a bunch of stuff that said that when gas leaks through the air filter, its usually a carberator problem with the float and needle being stuck???
So, what I would like to know, is Sears ripping me off $160 bucks??? I did read that it is possible for oil to leak out of the lawnmower from a "bent crankshaft", but will a "bent crankshaft" cause GAS to leak out through the air filter???
Any info. will greatly be appreciated!!