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Have craftsman model 917.255581. replaced battery main cable,selenoid,30 amp fuse,ignition switch, starter and cable. won't even click to start. tried to jump and received a uhh, as well as a huge spark. please advise.

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    helpful, continued to ask follow up question.

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Hi this sounds like you have had a major short in the system, as you have said you have changed the ignition over but what about the wires connected to the plug that fits to the back of the ignition itself? if you have a short in the wiring you can test it by getting a well insulated pair of wide long nose pliers, and touching either side of the solenoid, if that then turns over ( make sure ignition is to the on position ) you will have to replace the wiring in the plug to the ignition itself, i myself have had a similar fault on a ACTO and i had to re-wire the whole thing as it just would not turn over only from the solenoid being shorted...hope this helps

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  • samuel sample May 30, 2010

    hey steve slamminsa209 here

    did what you said about using the long nosed pliers ans touched the solenoid, it tried to start so that means my kill switch is working, but it still won't start. Can you advise me from there? Thanks man.

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    steve morris May 30, 2010

    hi there are a couple of things to check, one of them is a bit of a pain, obvious one will be to remove the spark plug, and put it against an earthed part of the engine ( being on a small ht lead you might need assistance from someone to carry out this bit ) whilst shorting the solenoid to turn it over, see if you have a spark at all, if not, ( this is the bit that's a pain ) remove the top cover on the engine, there you will have a rotary type thing that the starter turns ( will have teeth around the outside ) in the center there is a nut that will have to come off, ( this bit is the next pain bit ) then you have to somehow pull the rotary thing off and it ain't easy, not if you haven't got a puller, do not do what i did hit it from underneath as i damaged a magnet when i did it, when you find a way of removing the rotary bit, there you will find a copper coiled section you need to check this for any burns and brakes in the wire, be careful also, this has a small wire leading the the coil and is easily broken also check the 2 wires leading to the coil so that's the hard bit done, also if you do get a spark this will be fuel starvation you will need to clean carb with some brake cleaner this normally sorts that out, just a foot note..have a look on the rotary bit and check to make sure that the magnetic contact area ( you will see this as it is different from the rest of the rotary bit ) is not gummed up with dirt as this will stop the spark plug sparking.....ps make sure you don't wear a watch while doing this as the magnets are rather strong lol..

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