Model #917254230 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Won't start 917254230

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

Unfortunately, due to the age of this tractor, I do not have any model specific resources that go into depth on the location of the switch. However, the brake/clutch switch is usually mounted on under the frame on the right side. It can usually be a pain to get to and can be difficult to replace. You may need to remove some linkages to gain access and push the tabs to push it down. 

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 21, 2015
Q:

Engine won't turn over 917254230 Craftsman Craftsman 5 speed 38

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the starting issue you're having with the tractor. I know how frustrating that is.

I don't see this tractor uses a neutral switch. It does have a few safety switches though. There is a blade engagement switch and a clutch/brake switch, and then a seat switch. 

First, make sure the engagement lever is down or the PTO button is pushed in and the brake pedal is fully depressed or the tractor will not attempt to turn over. If you have already done this, I recommend checking the fuse. The fuse is located behind the dash. If the fuse is good, you have a wiring or switch problem. The easiest way to pin point the problem is with a volt meter. If you do not have a meter, you can purchase one relatively cheap.

Turn the meter to check dc volts, and then hold the black lead to the black negative battery terminal for all of the voltage checks. Place the red lead on the positive terminal of the battery. The reading should be 12 volts. If you have a 12 volt reading, move the red lead to the B terminal of the ignition switch or the red wire. Your reading should be 12 volts. If you have 12 volts, have someone sit on the tractor and hold the brake/clutch pedal while turning the key for the rest of the checks. While they have the key turned to the start position, move the red lead to the white wire on the clutch/brake safety switch. The reading should always be 12 volts. Then move to the attachment PTO safety switch. If you lose the 12 volts, the problem is between the last check you had the voltage and where you lost the voltage. If you have 12 volts all the way to the white wire on the solenoid, the solenoid or the starter is defective.

To determine starter or solenoid, short the two large posts on the solenoid together with a screwdriver. There should be a spark it is normal. Once shorted the starter should run. If the key is turned to Start, the tractor should fire up.

This very likely could be: a defective battery, the fuse, a shorted safety switch, or a wire that’s shorting or grounding out.

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business.  

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 20, 2015
Q:

Where can I get an owner's manual for my Craftsman riding mower model 917254230?

A:

I was unable to bring up an owner's manual for your specific model 917.254230 but I did find a manual for a similar model which may have information that may be helpful. The manual can be viewed by clicking the following link: Owner's Manual 917.25429 .

If this manual is not close enough and the model number you submit is correct then the other option to get a manual is to please call the Manage My Home Member Services Team at 1-800-803-6775, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Central Time. They will be more than happy to help you track down the manual.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
August 13, 2009
A:

I mash in the brake to start,turn the key and mower won't turn over. I have a brand new battery. I believe the neutral safty switch that engages when you mash in clutch(brake) is bad . Where is it located? maxwell173450@yahoo.com

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michael -
July 18, 2015
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