Model #917258553 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

motor shuts down when you add a load 917258553 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 
Sorry to hear of the issue you're having with the tractor dying out when you engage the blades or release the brake/clutch, I know how concerning that is to have occur.
Your Tractor uses an Operator Presence (seat) switch that will cause engine to stall if the blades are engaged or the brake is released without anyone on the seat. If ample amount of weight is not kept on the seat during operation or the operator is leaning forward, the tractor will stall because the Operator Presence (seat) switch senses that the operator is not completely on the seat.
This is a tell-tale sign of a dirty, loose, or defective seat switch underneath the seat. The contacts of the switch can get dirty, or the connectors can become loose and it won't make contact properly. These switches can also go out, and it may need replacement.
I would start by undoing the connector and clean the contacts the best you can with carb cleaner. When you go to push the connector back onto the switch, do it very firmly. Sometimes a zip tie is needed to keep the connector and switch together. 
If that doesn't help, you will want to test the seat switch.  Use an ohmmeter to check the switch. When the switch is not pushed, the reading should be 0 ohms (closed). When pushed, it should read ol ( open load ).

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 16, 2014
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Lawn tractor not starting

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I'm sorry that you are having some difficulties with your Craftsman Lawn Tractor. I did a some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. If you decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices.com. Please remember that the expert is able to walk you through a repair like this and even help you order any required parts.

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James -
July 05, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I recommend pouring a few thimbles of fuel down the throat of the carburetor then try to start the tractor. If the engine starts or sounds like it wants to start the problem is fuel related. When the key is turned on 12 volts is supplied to the fuel solenoid. When it is energized, it should pull the plunger down. To remove the solenoid you will need a 1/2 inch wrench. The top of the solenoid has two flat spots for the wrench to fit. Once you have it on turn the solenoid counter clockwise to loosen it. Before you loosen the solenoid pinch the fuel line off with a pair of vise grips. This will stop the gas from coming out. Once you have the solenoid removed, you can check the operation with the battery. Place the body of the solenoid on the negative post. Then connect a wire from the positive post to the wire. Once it is connected, the plunger should pull down. If it does not move, the solenoid is defective. Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

Please let me know if you need further assistance on the tractor.

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 using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 06, 2011
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I poured gas into the carburetor and it ran for a few seconds. I checked the solenoid and it is working properly. I took the carburetor off and cleaned it and blew out all the passages and it still won't start without putting gas in the carb. What else could it be?

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Scott -
July 06, 2011
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did you clean gas tank and put in fresh gas or did you just try to start it with what was in it or did you mix new gas with old gas. i had a similar problem it turned out to be watered down gas due to moisture build up .cleaned the tank put in fresh gas choked it .set it on run or rabbit after choking it and it fired right up.if you havent done that already i would suggest giving that a try and also make sure your spark plug is clean and gapped at the right setting hope this helps with your problem john

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Anonymous -
July 06, 2011
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I recommend following the advice in the post above. If you still have problems after draining the tank, make sure you have a good flow of fuel to the float bowl. Remove the float bowl and check the flow. If the flow is fine pinch the line off and clean the passages with carburetor cleaner and a thin wire. The main jet is what you should focus on. The link below will show how to clean the carburetor. Once you have the main jet cleaned, reassemble the carburetor, and check the choke. When you have the control in the choke position, the choke in the carburetor should be completely closed. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 07, 2011
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I am very sorry for wasting your time. When I was draining the gas I noticed it was yellow like the diesel fuel I used to clean the carb with. Evidently my father in law used gas from my diesel can by mistake. It runs fine now that it has gasoline in it. Again, I am sorry. Thanks for all your help.

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Scott -
July 07, 2011
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just glad your problem have been resolved

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john -
July 07, 2011
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I have a Craftsman mower model 917258553. What type of fluid goes in the hydrostatic transaxle and how much?

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The transaxle in model 917.258553 holds 80 ounces of 20W50 motor oil.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
July 31, 2009

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