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Craftsman Rider Starting Issues

Hello I have a Craftsman Lawn Tractor Model # 917.289244 that has starting issues. When trying start the mower it turns over but it acts like the battery is weak. I have replaced said battery. The battery was tested and it had 12.6 volts and 220 cca. I have 12 volts to the solenoid. I have tried to jump the solenoid with a screw driver and get the same results acts like the battery is dying. I have pulled the starter off and bench tested it with said battery and it engages just fine with no issues. If I jump the mower off the battery in my truck it turns over and starts with no issues. It just will not start/turn over under its own power.

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If you turn engine over by hand, is it hard to turn at the start? If yes, adjust the valves.

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If you are jumping the solenoid and it cranks but wont start leave the key in the on position and give it a try. Try replacing the solenoid and the wires conecting it to the battery.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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it sounds like the battery doesnt have enough crankinc amps. thats a pretty big engine and should have probably have atleast 250 cranking amps. its possible the starter is going bad also

Posted on May 05, 2009

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im sure the switch is bad, trying to jump is a good way to find out if the starter is bad but of course wont start cause of no spark, alot of these have electronic magnetos

Posted on May 28, 2009

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OPERATOR PRESENCE SYSTEM
Be sure operator presence and interlock
systems are working properly, If your
tractor does not function as described,
repair the problem immediately.
• The engine should not start unless the
clutch/brake pedal is fully depressed
and attachement clutch control is in the
disengaged position.
• When the engine is running, any
attempt by the operator to leave the
seat without first setting the parking
brake should shut off the engine.
• When the engine is running and the
attachment clutch is engaged, any
attempt by the operator to leave the
seat should shut off the engine.
• The attachment clutch should never
operate unless the operator is in the
seat.

Check your seat switch and clutch switch wires be sure that the connection to each switch is making contact and the mechanism that activates the switch is actually activateing them in other words be sure the clutch is pushing the switch in and your seat switch is occupied and be sure all grounding wires a intack
especially from your battery negative to the frame.You also could have a neutral safety switch which requires your transmission to be in neural.
try these things and let us know how we can further help from more of your input.

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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COuld be the motor or combo of motor and solenoid. They're could also be a ground/positive cable loose or have a bad connnections not allowing the full current to get to the battery. These are fairly simply systems shold be easy to diagnose...

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