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Craftsman mower dies when clutch released or mower engaged

It can't be the seat switch. Mower starts with clutch depressed only, I don't have to be sitting on it. Disconnected the seat switch and same thing. I pulled switch from under seat and depressed it manually, still same thing. Cut wires to switch and tied together, again still same thing. The switch tested o.k. with a continuity tester. It appears the seat switch does nothing at all.
Maybe it's the clutch switch? It works well enough to start the engine (or kill it). The wires between the the clutch switch and the seat switch appear to be o.k.
There is an electrical connection to a component on the engine shaft. I have no idea what this thing is or whether it could be the problem. I know it looks like a nightmare to replace.
Is there another switch that I'm missing?
I can actually see the grass growing by the second and it's supposed to rain for the next 2 days. Help?
16.5 hp elec start Kohler on 46" Craftsman EZ3 automatic
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  • matt2388 Apr 25, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. It has happened 3 times and usually a thorough cleaning fixes it, but I can't figure out the source of the problem.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    matt did you use water to clean underside or just brush and what all did you clean to make it work?

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SOURCE: riding mower dies when releasing brake

the seat switch is the problem. the switch itself could be bad, but usually theproblem is that the connector is just not plugged in all the way [by the way, trying to bypass the switch by inserting the wire doesn't work because there is a "switch" inside the connector to prevent you from doing just what you did]

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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SOURCE: STARTS GOOD BUT ENGINE DIES WHEN CLUTCH RELEASED

cut the wires running to the switch...try again...if same, stripp back wires, and twist together...wrap in tape or use some sort of connector...it's electric and should be treated as such...try again...still ?? Start finding those switches and repeat the process til it works...theres usually 3 or 4...

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SOURCE: I have 16 hp Craftsman riding mower with a Kohler engine.

It may think you are in reverse and is killing the motor to keep you from backing up with the blade running. Look for switch that is telling it when you are in reverse, maybe it is stuck with grass or other debris. another possibility is that the blades are jammed and they are stalliing the motor. Mines stalls easily when cold.

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Why does mower die when brake released or mower engaged?


ck your occupant (seat) switch it might have gotten dislodged or unhooked when fueling it

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Craftsman ZTS 7500 dies when engage blades or when engage transmission


check the "kill switch" they are usually located in the seating area. it senses for pressure or seat angle and will kill the mower if nobody is sitting on the mower. Good Luck

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My lawn mower will start easily and continue running as long as the clutch brake is depressed but when I lift the clutch or try to engage the blades while the clutch is depressed the mower will stall.


This is a shot in the dark. I think you have a failed "operator presence safety switch". Rule this out by finding the switch and jumping it.

Your mower should run with no one in the seat IF THE PARKING BRAKE IS SET.

If the brake is released and no one is on it, it should shut off.

If you are on it and the brake is released you should be able to engage the blades (probably an electric clutch)

Purpose of this interlock is the shut the machine OFF should you fall off or jump off the machine. Do not disable this valuable safety feature.

Let me know what you find.

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STARTS GOOD BUT ENGINE DIES WHEN CLUTCH RELEASED


cut the wires running to the switch...try again...if same, stripp back wires, and twist together...wrap in tape or use some sort of connector...it's electric and should be treated as such...try again...still ?? Start finding those switches and repeat the process til it works...theres usually 3 or 4...

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Craftsman riding mower Model 917.270824


I do not believe there is a manual available to the public for troubleshooting, however, you have at least 3 switches to tell the mower to stop when blades are engaged or clutch pedal released.

Seat switch
pedal switch
mower engage switch


The pedal and mower lever switches are identical, and have two sides, one for starting, one for blades turning. One side can fail. The pedal switch is on the frame very close to the pivot point of the pedal/shaft. The mower switch will be under the dash close to the bottom of the lever.

1) Locate and inspect the switches for broken or pinch wires, switch housing, or loose mounting, and how each lever or pedal engages the swtich.


2) This is a picture of the wiring so that you can get a better idea of location.

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=917270824&productCategoryId=1509200&brandId=0247&modelName=TRACTOR&diagramPageId=00011&componentDescription=SCHEMATIC%20DIAGRAM-TRACTOR&documentId=P0811014&blt=06

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=917270824&productCategoryId=1509200&brandId=0247&modelName=TRACTOR&diagramPageId=00001&componentDescription=ELECTRICAL&documentId=P0811014&blt=06

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Craftsman model # 917.273064 won't stay running when clutch is re


You only have three saftey switches on your mower one on clutch pedal,one on deck engage,one on seat,be sure all are working you can check them by crossing the switches one by one .

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Riding mower dies when releasing brake


the seat switch is the problem. the switch itself could be bad, but usually theproblem is that the connector is just not plugged in all the way [by the way, trying to bypass the switch by inserting the wire doesn't work because there is a "switch" inside the connector to prevent you from doing just what you did]

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Mower starts, but when I let off clutch, it dies.


Grass and debris clogg the switch mechinisms, safety interlocks are sometimes a pain to diagnose but I would first look at the seat interlock, the petal switch and ffinally then the mowing deck.

Dec 24, 2008 | Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Yard Tractor

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Mower dies when i try to engage blade


Hi, what you wrote is exactly what's is suppose to do. what is it about the mower that's not doing?

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