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I have a craftsman model 917.255812 lawn tractor - was running fine, turned off to empty leaf catcher - got back on and it would not start - doesn't turnover at all. I have replaced the battery and starter - no luck

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Check the interlock switch on the bottom of the seat. Sometimes you can just bang the seat up and down a couple of times to free up the switch. I actually replaced mine even though it appeared to be OK (using and ohm meter) and it solved my problem.

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Hello Pappy,

Sounds like it is the starter solenoid that is on the positive battery cable on the right side panel below the battery. Part # 146154. Jump the two main terminals with a screw driver and if the starter turns the engine that's your problem. Be sure to remove the negative battery cable when you go to change out the solenoid.

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  • Dean Gruber Aug 27, 2012

    A Craftsman lawn tractor will still crank, but not start even if the seat switch is bad. Posted problem was that it did not turn over at all hence the solution would be either a blown fuse or bad starter solenoid.

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