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I own a YS 4500 Craftsman tractor (Model No. 917 287 242). It was running fine the last time I used it but then wouldn't start. No response when turning key. I checked battery with multimeter - it's fine. I think the under-the-seat circuit breaker switch has malfunctioned. What do you think?

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If you think it is the seat switch you can check it with your multimeter, just unplug it and check the resistance across the switch with and without pressure on the seat where the switch is located. Another way to test would be to take a short jumper wire, unplug the switch and jump across the 2 wires in the plug, then try to start it.
I would be more inclined to think it is the fuse in your system, however. Most of the time the fuse is a plug in fuse located on the right side of the tractor, behind the back of the engine and is usually a blue (15 amp) or yellow (20 Amp)

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

  • vincevanscoy Jul 30, 2011

    I had the same symptom, . I checked the fuse and it was blown. I put in a new fuse and sprayed some carb cleaner in the carb. I turned the key and the mower started up. After a minute of sputtering the idle smoothed out and it is running great.

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