Question about Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Yard Tractor
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
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...
Posted on Apr 18, 2010
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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.
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
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