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Craftsman lawn tractor will not start/turnover

Started fine. tried to engage blades and it died. it will not do anything start or turnover. checked battery and starter,ok. safety switch seems to be working, do not know how to check the switch itself. there is a white wire coming out the harness that isn't connected to anything but doen't see where it should be connected.

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  • JERRY ABELL
    JERRY ABELL May 11, 2010

    hello mr b, i need to know does mower have one or two cyleinders,do you have a electric pto clutch or manule,also need model number from mower body can't look up any thing with out it.please let me know,thank you.MrFixIt.

  • joe May 11, 2010

    will it try to start when its in neutral? what about in neutral and foot pedal depressed?

  • Al Perry May 11, 2010

    Unplug the seat switch and put a jumper in the wire conector. This will complete the circut. See if the tractor will start.

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Are you sure the safty switch is working. It sounds like its in the seat switch or the pedal switch.

You can sometimes jump these switches over with a paper clip or small metal wire to make contact on each side of the plugin.

this being on the machine side.

Also PTO cluth may be seized. in the on position locking up the motor. and blades.

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