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Craftsman tractor will not crank over.

I have an older craftsman tractor 14 hp model # 917.255692. I have checked all of the safety switches and they seem to be working. I checked the main turn on switch and it seems to be functioning properly. I can jump the soleniod and it will crank. I have replaced the soleniod but the tractor will not crank. Any solutions?

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  • Ampa Jan 09, 2009

    I also have the same problem...I can turn the key to start...and nothin' happens....made up a jumper cable with two aligator clips and jump it to could be the igniton switch or the safety switches on either the clutch or the mower engagment...I'm not too sure how to check these...thanks in advance...Ampa

  • Loringh
    Loringh May 11, 2010


    You say," I can jump the soleniod and it will crank. I have replaced the soleniod but the tractor will not crank."

    Do I read this right that the tractor will not crank after you replaced the solenoid??

    If you can jump the solenoid and it cranks, I suspect the solenoid is not getting 12V when you turn the key.You can rig up a simple voltage indicator if you can get a 12 volt lamp and socket at an auto parts store. Solder a couple of 2 foot wires on to the socket. Put one wire on ground and the other wire on the hot solenoid lead and turn the ignition switch to start. the light should light. If it doesn't then the switch is faulty. I take care of the tractors at a large tree farm and have had problems in the past with ingition switches.

    Hope this helps Good Luck Loringh PS Please leave a rating if appropriate Thks



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