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Q:

Sears Craftsman Lawn Tractor won't start

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Many things can cause a tractor engine to not start. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I was searching in the Manage My Life website and found some great links. I have attached the links below. Hope this helps!

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Dezeray S -
May 07, 2011
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Found the fuse. Quite honestly it looks good, but I will replace it anyway. Am I correct in assuming that I should also test the selonoid by touching a screwdriver to the two terminals?

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mike -
May 07, 2011
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I do not suspect the fuse as being the problem since you have the "depress clutch" light showing. If the fuse were blown there would be no lights or anything.

I suspect the clutch/brake safety switch as being the problem. If you're holding down the clutch/brake and the "depress clutch" light comes on when you try to start that means that the switch being triggered is not registering with the safety circuit.

If you lift the hood and look down under the dash area on the left side of the tractor you should see the clutch safety switch. Make sure that switch is plugged in securely and that the button is being pushed when you press the clutch. If those 2 things look good, I recommend you replace the switch as it has most likely failed. The part number for the switch is 109553X and it can be ordered HERE .

To answer the question about the fuse (because it's good to know), it is up under the dash area and will be in a black holder. Again, the fuse is not going to be part of the current problem though.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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HI Wade, First let me say Thank you for all your help and advice. It is much appreciated. I went ahead and replaced the fuse and you are correct, it is not the problem. However, something weird has changed since replacing the fuse. The "depress clutch" light is now operating correctly. Can't explain why, just stating the facts. So it looks like the clutch safety switch is probably ok. I tested the solenoid by touching a screwdriver to both posts. The engine turns over. So, am I correct in guessing that I most likely have a defective solenoid?

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mike -
May 09, 2011
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Not necessarily. When you jump the solenoid you are also jumping the entire start safety circuit. All jumping the solenoid proves is that the starter and battery are okay. Basically, the line with the fuse supplies power to the ignition switch. When you turn the key to start power leaves the ignition switch and goes to the PTO switch. If the switch is off, power will pass through it and then go to the clutch/brake switch. If the brake pedal is pushed down (and the switch is working correctly) power will pass through it and then go to the solenoid. The power will activate the solenoid and cause the starter to start as the solenoid is just a type of switch. The easiest way to determine where we need to go from here is to determine if we have power on the "trigger" wire on the solenoid. If you look on the solenoid you will see the 2 big cables that take power from the battery and the other to the starter. Then you should see a small white wire and a small black wire. Do know that because your tractor is older there may only be the white wire. You need to check that white wire for power. Turn the PTO off, hold the clutch/brake down, then turn the key to start. while you hold the key it the "start" position check for power on the white wire. If there is power there, the solenoid is bad. If there is not power there, something else is wrong and it can only be a few things. Those being the ignition switch, the PTO switch, or the brake/clutch switch. It's worth mentioning that it could be something wrong with the wires between all those things, but it's unlikely. Something to try is unplug the ignition switch and make sure none of the terminals are corroded or loose as that can cause this situation to occur. Let me know what you find and we will proceed as necessary.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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Before I proceed let me ask you this... my son was driving the mower when it stopped working. He did say that the brake (when you push in the clutch pedal) did not seem to be working right before it died. Would this be a symptom of a bad brake/clutch switch? It seems to me that this would be quite a dangerous situation to be in, that is the switch goes bad and the brakes fail.

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mike -
May 09, 2011
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It could be. I would check the switch. If you have a mutli-meter set it to read continuity and check across the contacts on the switch. The switch does not do anything as far as the actual braking is concerned though. All the switch does is tell the ignition circuit if you have the pedal depressed or not. If the brakes are not working, that would be a complete separate issue. What happens when you press the brake pedal is that mechanical brakes on the transmission are applied AND the drive belt tension is removed. So if the brakes were to not work, the tractor should still stop driving but it wouldn't necessarily immediately stop. So when you brake, you are clutching and braking at the same time, if everything is working as it should be. but if your son noticed something funny, there could be that came loose or a stick or something got in the path of the brake pedal. that could have come into contact with the switch and caused a problem.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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It could also be the fact that my son is covering up (and blaming the mower) for the fact that he hit the side of the house while it was dark out. He has a habit of not being 100% truthful. He claims he hit the brake and it didn't stop. At least I now know this is probably not the case. He also says he tried to restart the mower, it turned over slowly a few times, then it just quit altogether. I'll follow your suggestions and let you know the results. Now I just need someone to fix the herniated disc in my back. Wish that were as simple as fixing the mower. Talk to later Wade.

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mike -
May 09, 2011
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Good luck with your back, I feel your pain. That's why I now sit in an office instead of turning wrenches. Keep me updated when you can on the mower. I'm sure we can get it back going, just a matter of narrowing down what went wrong and getting that back in line.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2011
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my rider doesnt pull me up hills like it used to..i changed the belt but it didnt help. what esle could it be

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Kerry -
May 11, 2011
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burner wont stay lit LG8319W2 AMANA

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I can certainly understand how frustrating it can be when your dryer burner will not stay lit. I did look into the model number you have provided and I have found information to assist you. 

You are able to test the gas coils with an OHMs meter. 

The holding coil terminal 1 &2 shoud be 1365 ± 25 ohms
booster coil terminals 1 & 3 should be 560 ± 25 ohms
secondary coil terminals 4 & 5 should be 1220 ± 50 ohms

NOTE: If meter registers any other readins other than listed, the respective coil(s) should be replaced. 

i have attached photos to assist you in testing the sensor and the igniter itself. 

Let me know if this helps.

 
You can also visit searpartsdirect.com for parts, diagrams, and repair information.
 
 
If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for your question. Have a great day. 

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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
May 23, 2014
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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
May 23, 2014
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Q:

Gas valve test 11095087400

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I can certainly assist you in locating the instructions to test your gas valve. I did look into the model number you have provided and I have found information.  I have attached the photo of what the readings should be on your gas valve. Let me know if this helps.

You can also visit searpartsdirect.com for parts, diagrams, and repair information.
 
 
If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for your question. Have a great day. 

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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
April 14, 2014