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I have a brand new Crafsman 22" Rear Bag Front Propelled High Wheel Lawn Mower with a key start. It worked fine for about 20 minutes but then would not turn off once the power lever was released. It just sat there running.

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  • judith_c_edw May 31, 2010

    I'm in Alaska at work and the mower is at home in Texas. I'll check this fix out when I get home on June 9. I didn't notice anything loose when I put the mower up. It would help if I could see a picture of the handle harness/wiring connectors/switch to make sure I'm looking at the right thing once I get there. I did take the key out of the auto start and it still ran.

  • judith_c_edw May 31, 2010

    Thank you. I'm trying to get that info from my family at home so I can look this up.

  • judith_c_edw May 31, 2010

    It is a Craftsman 190cc 22" Briggs & Stratton Rear Bag Rear High Wheel Front Propelled Lawn Mower, Item #07137653000 / Model 37653. I just tried to input that number in the Sears PartDirect website and it comes up with nothing but the mower itself. No diagrams.

  • judith_c_edw May 31, 2010

    Perfect. I'll see if I can get my sister to find the right number.

  • judith_c_edw Jun 01, 2010

    Thanks Kelly. I'll do that as soon as I get home. I've got everyone here at work (oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska) telling me to take the mower back since I've had it less than 10 days. And you're right, it's a pain. I already had to take one back the day I bought it because they loaded up the wrong one which I didn't know until I had gotten it out of the car and box opened up.


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It sounds as if the connector for the handle harness became disconnected. Check the wiring connectors and see if one of them came apart. (including the switch...) If it is not that simple please provide a model number and I will dig in the manuals to do what I can do to help you.

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    Kelly May 31, 2010

    Hi Judith,

    When you get home I really need your model number to get your diagram. If you have your model number you can look up the diagram on the parts list at by typing the model number in the parts look up on the right side of the page. The diagram will come up and it will zoom as you mouse over the diagram.

    If your not able to find it or the link does not work just respond here and I will look it up for you and provide you the exact link once I have your model number.


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    Kelly May 31, 2010

    The link I passed was incorrect. is the correct link.

    A model number will look like this 917.378490


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    Kelly Jun 01, 2010

    After several tries I was able to use this number to bring up a 22 inch high wheeled mower. 917.376530

    This link:

    When you get to that page look at itmes 72, 73 and 79. Just follow the harness and check all connectors. If those connectors are all good then you will need to check the harness at the engine connection. If all of the harnesses are connected, I recommend that you do not do anything else and contact Sears for their nearest warranty service center. You run the risk of voiding the warranty if you do not do that. I know it is a pain but you really should contact Sears for warranty Service if all of the connectors are connected. You may very well have a defective wiring harness that was installed at the factory.

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