Model #917259566 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Crank no Start w new Coil.. Riding Lawn Mower w B&S 19.5hp 917.259566

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com and being a valued member. It is unfortunate to hear that you are having issues with your mower and I do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. I'm looking at your model number 917259566 and I recommend checking the engine for spark first. To check for spark remove the spark plug. Then connect the spark plug to the spark plug wire. Now you will need to hold the base of the spark plug to a clean metal surface with insulated pliers. Once you have the spark plug in position have a helper turn the engine over. You should see a blue spark from the spark plug. If you do not have spark, remove the kill wire from the module. Then check for spark again. If there is no spark, the module is defective. It can also be an issue with the fuel or the compression. The first thing I would do is remove the fuel filter and pour a few teaspoons for fuel into the throat of the carburetor. Then try to start the engine. If the engine starts and stalls the problem is in the fuel supply or carburetor. Usually the carburetor needs to be cleaned because it has been sitting. Once the carburetor is cleaned, fill the tank with fresh fuel and check the operation. If the engine does not try to start with pouring gas into the carburetor the problem could be with compression. To check the compression you need to remove the spark plug. Then tuck the spark plug wire out of the way. Put your finger over the spark plug hole to seal it. Then have a helper turn the key for you. When the engine turns, the compression should blow past your finger. If it does not the engine has an internal problem. I trust this information will help you.
 
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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
September 23, 2014
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Thank you for your reply.. You mentioned "remove the kill wire from the module. Then check for spark again. If there is no spark, the module is defective" By module are you referring to the coil?? Is the Kill wire the black wire attached by a spade connector?? Thanks agin. Stu

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STUART -
September 24, 2014
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Tractor ground drive belt replacement 917.259566 belt # 160855

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Thank you for your question.

 

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I will be happy to assist you. Accessing the belt on the tractor can be difficult. The easiest way that I have found to access the drive belt, is to remove the mower deck. I posted an image below that shows how to remove the mower deck. The image also contains the instructions for replacing the drive belt. Click on the image to enlarge it.  

 

 

If you need to order parts for the tractor, you can order them from the following link. Replacement parts for a Craftsman tractor model 917.259566 

 

 

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

 

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 03, 2013
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Mower does not want to crank over even with new battery

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I know how important it is to have all of your equipment working properly. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I have found two links that will provide some information on the issue. One is a short video of some basic troubleshooting. The other is more detailed in how to adjust and check the components for proper operation. I hope these will help you.

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aashe -
August 14, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I have looked up the battery that should be in the tractor. The battery should be at least a 340 cold cranking amp battery. If you have this size, battery checks the connections of both cables on both ends. Check the ground cable bolt on the frame. If it is loose, the tractor will start to turn but looses the amperage to turn the engine over. there has to be something with the electrical because it will work just fine when the previous owners battery. I do not think the problem is with the starter because again it worked fine when you took it back. Please reply below with your findings and I will be happy to assist you.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 15, 2011
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