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I purchased a Craftsman electric mower, new overstock from a guy on Craigslist. The green and white wires had pulled out of the control switch, which I thought would be an easy fix. When I took the switch apart, however, pieces went everywhere, and now I can't figure out how it's supposed to go back together. I don't want to pay $80 for a new switch assembly, I just need a picture of the internals, and a wiring diagram. I'm relatively handy. Please help. My wife is riding me hard about being taken by this guy on Craigslist.

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  • Judge Morton May 08, 2010

    This is an ELECTRIC mower, and you are giving me basic troubleshooting advice for a gas mower. I was pretty specific about my problem. The control switch for my Craftsman electric mower is broken. I need to get a schematic of how it is supposed to look internally in order to fix it.

  • Judge Morton May 08, 2010

    I really would prefer that the safety bar work on this mower, as my son will be using it a lot. Here is a picture of the safety switch. I need to attach the green, red, and two black wires. The two black wires look to be in series, not parallel. I'm not sure what to make of the red. Any help would be appreciated. The side of the switch shows a schematic for the switch.

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You may be better of to purchase a toggle stile switch from and auto parts supplier, the toggle type switch mounts into a round hole witch you may half to modify your connection box to accommodate this style of switch but its the easiest solution and works very well, the switch is a s.p.s.t or (single pole single throw) type rated at 15 amps and costs about 5 bucks, the wight and green wire go straight to your motor and chassis and the black wires go to your switch very simple. a rocker switch is mounted into a square hole and may also be suitable for your needs and also cost around 5 bucks

good luck on your repair and remember to insulate any exposed wire with heat shrink tubing or tape

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Step 1 Check to see if there is any grass stuck between the blades if you are unable to pull the cord to start your Craftsman lawn mower's engine.

  • Step 2 Measure your tank's oil to make sure that there is enough in the engine if you are able to pull the cord but the engine will either not start, is hard to start, or will not stay started. If you have an electric starter, you will need to also check the battery. If the motor spins but doesn't engage the engine, the overrunning clutch or gear could be broken and you may need to get it professionally repaired.
  • Step 3 Prime the engine the correct way--improper priming is a common problem that can result in your engine starting easily but dying after a few seconds. Cold weather, for instance, requires your engine to be primed double of what it requires in warmer weather. Too much priming can flood your engine.
  • Step 4 Clean your Craftsman lawnmower's carburetor with a towel or rag if your engine is idling roughly or unevenly. If your carburetor appears clean, you may need to contact a technician to check for air leaks or improper adjustment.
  • Step 5 Examine your lawnmower's spark plugs if your engine is hard to start, is running roughly, or quickly dies out. If your spark plugs appear worn or damaged, simply replace them.
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