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I have a Craftsman riding mower #917.257643. 15

I have a Craftsman riding mower #917.257643. 15 horse. The mower will start, but when I engage the mower deck it shuts off. It doesen't stall it just shuts off. Could the safety switch cause this?

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Yes it very well could, check to see if you are making good contact with the switch first, you should hear a clicking noise when you depress the switch but that does not mean the switch is bad. If you are making good contact and hear click, check switch with volt meter to verify switch operation.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Testimonial: "Hey vincob, thanks for the reply. It was the switch. Still not sure why though since it is part of the starting circuit and the mower did start."

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