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Craftsman 917.276920 will not start. Turn key you hear a clik but will not turn over. Have replaced brake switch. Still nothing. Has a seat switch with 4 ends. Put meter on 2 end ones you get a beep. When you push down you get nothing on the 2 inside ones. Is it bad

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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.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013

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SOURCE: 5500 FS craftsman tractor electical cutout switch problem

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

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SOURCE: difficult to start -- bad kill switch?

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.
Regards,

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a craftsman DT3000 - 18.5hp 42

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

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SOURCE: Have a craftsman 17.5 hp bought 7 or 8 years ago.

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

kel1guy2002
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SOURCE: I have a Craftsman lawn

Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly.

Here are the 3 safety switches.
Seat
Clutch Brake
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:
http://c.searspartsdirect.com/lis_png/PLDM/P0905008-00011.png

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.

Thanks for choosing FixYa,
Kelly


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Craftsman wont do anything wont turn over or fire at all.


When I turn the key nothing happens.
There are several elements that go into cranking (turning over) the engine.
  1. Battery
  2. Fuse
  3. Key Switch (and wiring)
  4. Starter Solenoid and wires
  5. Starter motor
Let's start with the battery. The quickest way to make your initial check of the entire starting system and particularly the battery is to get a jump. Yep, get some jumper cables and jump the mower off your car. Turn the key and try to start it in the normal fashion. If it starts cool! It is likely a bad battery.
  • Charge the battery for a few hours, on a charger.
  • Then perform a voltage measurement of the battery.
  • Switch a volt meter to DC Volts and clip it to the battery. It should read between 12-13 volts. If not the battery is suspect.
Now let's check the starting system while bypassing all the safety switches and wiring. How? You can perform this test simply by jumping the starter solenoid. Hold a wrench or fat screwdriver across the two large posts of the starter solenoid. This bypasses the key switch and all safety devices and directly drives the starter. Your starter will crank if the battery and starter are good, the wires and connections are good, and the engine is not locked up. Don't crank it for more that a couple seconds. You just want to verify the battery and the starter are both in good shape. (The engine will crank but not start during this test if the key is off, or if the safety switches or wiring are damaged, or if the safety switches are in the no start/run positions.)

If the starter cranks try one more test. Run a small jumper wire from the positive post of the battery to the little terminal on the solenoid. You may have to take the small wire off the terminal, on the starter solenoid, in order to do this. When you apply this current from the battery to the terminal it should make the solenoid activate and the starter crank. This test bypasses the key switch and shows you the starter system is working. You could do this test first; if it works you do not need to do the basic jump test.

If these tests cause the engine to crank, but it will not crank with the key, then you know you have a problem somewhere in your starter wiring, safety switch system, fuse, or in your Key Switch. Of course you did check the battery terminals for good connection, right?

Most modern riding mowers have the following safety switches:
  • Seat switch
  • PTO switch
  • Reverse switch (RIS) and Reverse Relay (RIO)
  • Brake/Clutch switch
If you need detailed instruction for testing your wiring and safety system, I will need your complete machine info.
  • Make
  • Model
  • Year
  • Engine Model
  • Transmission Model
  • Deck Size.

On a John Deere (100 series) the starting current flows through the following items in this order:
  1. Battery to Fuse then to the Key Switch.
  2. With key switch in the start position, the current flows from the Key Switch to PTO.
  3. With PTO off, current flows from the PTO to Brake/Clutch
  4. With Brake/Clutch Pedal all the way down, the current flows to the starter solenoid.
  5. If the Starter Solenoid is in good shape, the solenoid connects the battery to the Starter and the engine cranks. Cranking does not mean running; it just means the engine turns over. Running is dependent on many other systems.
Those components are all part of the cranking/starting system. They can prevent the Starter Motor from cranking when you turn the Key Switch. You can trace the voltage with a multi-meter. Connect the black lead to ground and look for 12 volts on each successive step. If the voltage disappears at one particular step, there is your suspect.

Electrical elements that are NOT part of the starting system:
The RIO is the Reverse Implement Option. It is a switch that latches and stays latched under certain conditions. It is activated by the RIS. The RIS is the Reverse Implement Switch. It activates the RIO. These two separate components work to allow the blades to cut while you are backing up (without killing the engine). They have nothing to do with the starting system.

The Seat and the RIO (the reverse latch not the button) switches are tied into the engine kill system.They provide a ground path for grounding the Coil. This same system controls the fuel shut off valve beneath the carburetor. The Seat and RIO can keep the engine from running but they will not prevent the Starter Motor from cranking. Therefore, if you turn the key and nothing happens, the problem has nothing to do with the Seat and Reverse switches.

Note: With the Key in the RUN position, power flows from the Key Switch to the Hour Meter, then to the RIO latch relay (not the RIS button), then to the fuel shut off solenoid. If you do not hear the Fuel Shut off Solenoid clicking on and off when you turn the Key Switch from off to run, there may be a problem in this circuit; including a possible problem in the Hour Meter. Of course none of this affects the cranking circuit. Your engine will still crank, it just won't run.

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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.
Regards,

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