Model #917258901 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Anyone know where I can get a ignition wiring harness?

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I know how important it is to have the right part for the tractor so that it will fit just right. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did manage to find two links in where you can find parts for your appliance. I hope my links are useful.

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Joseph P. -
August 31, 2011
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I am working on a fix or a work around for this. Is there any possible way you can take a photo of the plug in question and upload that here for me? If you can, I need a shot looking at the face of the plug and at the back of the plug. Also, if you can take a photo of the back of the ignition switch (with all the terminals). I am pretty sure I will be able to get something going but I need to make sure. I think I can put you with a plug from a newer model tractor but I want to make sure before I start directing you to purchase stuff.

If you are unable to take any photos of the plug I can still very likely help get you going, it will just take me a little bit more time as I try to make sure we're dealing with the same plug configuration.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
September 01, 2011
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Thanks for getting back to me Wade. I will get photos to you ASAP (tomorrow at latest). Having disconnected the ignition switch from the harness I am fairly certain it overheated, possibly due to an internal short, and melted the harness plug. I have a new switch ordered so hopefully we can come up with a fix for the plug by the time I get it. I was not looking forward to cutting the wires and reattaching them to the switch with insulated female wire connectors.

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Michael -
September 02, 2011
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Hopefully you won't have to do that. I will be off for the long weekend but will get on this as soon as I come back on Tuesday. I am pretty sure I can come up with something for this situation. Using insulated connectors is okay to do, but would be my last resort. The harness itself may give us problems and we may have to build part of it back, but we'll see what it looks like once I have the photos.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
September 02, 2011
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Difficult to get a good shot of the ignition harness plug but you should be able to tell it is in bad shape. I received my new ignition switch today and am including a view of it as shown on Amazon as well as a shot of the old switch. The terminal sitting off at an angle is a separate plug and it does not appear to be damaged. The plug that attaches to the remaining 6 terminals is the bad news. Hope the weather cooperated and you had an enjoyable weekend.

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Michael -
September 03, 2011
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My weekend went well, despite the wildfires here in Central Texas. I hope yours went good as well. So with your situation. There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that I cannot find a valid part number for the plug you need anywhere. The good news is that there is a harness available that uses that plug. It is part number 156442. the problem with that harness is that it is not a direct replacement for your own harness. So you'd need to get the new harness and cut the wires then splice it onto your harness. Or (this is what I'd do) take the plug off the new harness and put it on your harness. I wish there was a way to get just the plug, but that's not something we've been able to work out. I can get the 4 and 5 wire plugs all day long (in fact, I have a handful of those sitting around) but the 6 wire plugs are just not available without getting the whole harness.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
September 06, 2011
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The part number I was looking for is good but was for the entire harness. I found it at Sears (no longer available) and several online sites but none had in stock. My manual does not list the plug separately. Hate to spent $50.00+ for a $2.00 plug but my only alternate is still female wire terminals. Thanks for your help.

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Michael -
September 06, 2011
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Hello again Wade. Sorry to trouble you but I have another issue with tractor. After fixing harness and installing new ignition switch tractor started and ran fine. Got the back yard cut but when I went out to do the front I could not get the blades to engage when pulling the PTO switch out. This same thing happened not long after getting the tractor in '98 and I was told to disconnect and reconnect the safety switch under the seat. I don't recall if that took care of it or not then but it does not now. I just put a new PTO switch in it a couple of years ago. Any way to test it or the blade clutch? Other troubleshooting tips?

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Michael -
September 12, 2011
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The red wire in/out on the PTO switch is the power for the PTO clutch. Lock the brake/clutch down. Turn the key "on" but engine not running. Then pull the PTO switch out as if to run the blades. Check for 12volts on each of those red wires. If you have it on one but not the other, the switch is bad. If you have the voltage on both, unplug the PTO clutch down near the clutch itself and check for 12 volts there. Let me know what you find.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
September 13, 2011
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Starting issue with 6000 series tractor

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I know how important it is to have a good working tractor in the home especially during this time of the year so that you can keep your lawn nice and trimmed. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good information to help you with your question. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
June 01, 2011
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The safety switch for the deck is part of the PTO switch. This kill switch should be open when the deck is disengaged. Test for continuity across the 2 terminals on the switch black wires are attached to.

The connector on your seat switch has a grounding shunt in it. When the connector is disconnected from the seat switch, the shunt closes and kills the spark to the engine.

I am sorry, you can't by-pass the seat switch. Visually inspect the connector and you will see the shunt. It works off the plunger that is pushed in when it is connected to the seat switch. I suspect this connector is the problem.

You can order the seat switch connector as a separate part at Parts Direct The part number of the connector is 148706, and the price is $5.95.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 02, 2011
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Thanks for the response Jimmy! I picked up this '97 tractor has a "non-runner" sitting in a shed for several years. After replacing all tune-up items, oil, battery, fresh gas & filter, & battery, was able to get it started (surges a bit but need to clean the carb). I drove it around a bit without the deck - all ok - and could see the pulley spinning when engaging the PTO switch. I lifted the seat and saw that they had cut the switch wires & joined them together (see image below) - not good i know but it did start & run. Had to get a new deck drive belt & after checking blades & all pulleys, installed the deck & fired up the tractor. It started as it had earlier but the second the clutch pedal moves or the PTO switch is pulled, the engine dies like the key has been turned off. Now when i go out to start it, it doesnt even turn over but i have tested & discovered no current to the other side of the solenoid - getting that part today is my next step.

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James -
June 03, 2011
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James, be sure the white wire on the coil of the starter solenoid is getting 12 volts dc when the key is turned to start. This voltage goes from the ignition switch, through the clutch/brake and PTO switches to the solenoid. Thanks for sending the image, you can bypass the seat switch if you cut the wire. This will let you get off the seat with the engine running and the deck engaged. I recommend you replace the seat switch and connector when you get the tractor running correctly.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 04, 2011
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Jimmy - I did check that after my last comment & there was no voltage to the solenoid white wire - i went to the Sears parts center & picked up an ignition, PTO switch & clutch/brake switch so that i would have everything possible ready as i continued testing. I switched out the PTO switch & the mower is back running again. Now im back to the same issue of the tractor shutting off as soon as i try to release the clutch or engage the deck. I did try the new clutch/brake switch and that did not change the problem. I'm thinking i might pull the deck back off to get back to it being able drive it again & go from there. Without the deck, i could hear the click & see the pully spin on the electric pto clutch so i figured all was well with that. Could there be an issue there? Thanks for your ongoing help!

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James -
June 04, 2011
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Check the wiring harness for a pinched wire. Look for any wiring that might be affected by the deck being installed. There is a black wire that runs from the ignition switch to the ignition module on the engine. If this wire is shorted to ground, it will kill the engine. I hope you find the problem.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 04, 2011
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