Question about Craftsman Garden
It sounds like a normally closed switch, that grounds ignition out when you get up from the seat. When your sitting on the unit switch is open. If your familiar with a multimeter I would have some one on the seat and check power to the solenoid on battery side, turn key and check on opposite side, also small lead on solenoid to make sure power is getting to solenoid from ignition switch. This should help you narrow down the problem. Also, don't forget to test battery and check fuses. Good luck.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
A jumper wire (insulated) can be TEMPORARILY connected across each switch (assuming it has two wires) to short out the switch (completes the circuit), one switch at a time. Then try to start the mower, and if it starts and runs, you have just found your bad switch.
I do not advise using the mower until you get the switch replaced . . . the safety switches exist for your protection.
Posted on Apr 11, 2009
You have 3 safety switches located on the tractor, any one of which can cause the tractor to not crank over.
I assume the deck lever is not engaged, you are sitting in the seat and you push the clutch down when trying to start?
Start by lifting the seat and disconnecting the seat switch, push the clutch in and try to start.
Start there and we'll go from there.
Posted on Aug 21, 2009
The things you have checked and replaced are not relevant to fault have you described. Only two things are left, Battery and Starter, most probablly your battery is not charged ot it is old enough to hold the charge. If your battery is ok then only and only your Starter is bad , but I think your Battery is bad or not charged. get it charged and then try, if it does not then replace or get the Starter serviced
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
Yes, you may hear a small click when the key is placed in the run position. It is the fuel solenoid (on the carburetor) activating.
If it is a large click, then that is the pto clutch activating (as in the blades are ON) and that will not allow the engine to start.
Sometimes when a battery is low or connections at the battery are dirty, you will hear a click, that is the solenoid activating, but the battery voltage is low enough that the starter will not turn. Sometimes this condition has a chatter.
Easiest test for this situation is jump start from you automobile, or charge the battery for an hour, and see what happens from there.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
SOURCE: I have a Craftsman lawn
Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.
Here are the 3 safety switches.
and PTO Clutch
More ofthen than not the PTO Clutch gets a gap greater than 0.020 between the clutch and the clutch plate and the safety switch is not made. There are 3 bolts with springs and 3 slots in the PTO clutch. Adjust the tension on the springs until the gap is 0.020. Then try a start.
If it does not work:
Check out this diagram.. it is for your mower:
I found your particular model here: http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Craftsman-Parts/Riding-mower-tractor-Parts/Model-917288030/0247/1509200/P0905008/00011?blt=06&prst=0&shdMod=917288030
Parts can be located by choosing the diagrams under the small schematic. I think if you adjust the clutch you will be fine. The seat has to be occupied / switch shorted and the clutch brake pedal made to get power to the solenoid.
Respond ehre is you need more help.... Better yet let me know if the PTO clutch adjustment corrected the problem.
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Posted on Jun 06, 2011
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