Model #917259573 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Clutch? Brake? Forward then dies 917259573 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the issue you're having with the engine dying when you attempt to brake. I know how frustrating that is.

This sounds like a defective interlock switch in the safety circuit. I suspect the brake/clutch switch is at fault, but it could be with any, including the seat switch. The switches will need to be removed and tested for continuity. 

To help you test them, I have included a video below that shows how to properly test them with a meter. 

Tractor Safety Circuit Switch Testing

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 16, 2014
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MY CRAFTSMAN RIDING MOWER WILL RUN, BUT WILL NOT MOVE. WHY?

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I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your mower and I will be happy to help. I suggest you add to the thread of this question and include the full model number of your mower so that the expert can provide you with a more detailed answer. I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good information information. I hope this helps with your mower troubles while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
August 08, 2012
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model # 917.259573

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BILL -
August 08, 2012
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You mentioned that when you release the clutch the engine stalls. If you keep your foot on the clutch and engage the PTO will the engine still stall out? If so then there is likely a problem with the seat safety switch. Unplug it and check the terminals to make sure they're clean. Push the plug back onto the switch and apply plenty of pressure. Immediately try to drive the machine. If it works then use a zip tie to secure the switch to the plug. See my photos for more information on this.

Let me know what you find.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
August 08, 2012
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Question: my craftsman riding lawn mower will not go forward or reverse with/while the engine still running, what is my problem/situation?

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Larry -
October 01, 2014
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Craftsman Lawn Tractor starts when primed but won't run. 42E707-2631-E1 Briggs&stratton Engines

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Joseph P. -
July 27, 2013
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Is there a fuel shut off solenoid on the carb and does it have 12 volts when the key is turned on.

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TC -
July 27, 2013
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No, I don't think there is a fuel shut off solenoid. The fuel line goes from the tank under the seat to the fuel filter and from there to the fuel pump part of the carb. I have a fairly new battery on the lawn tractor and it cranks very well. The voltage is +/- 12 volts when I've charged the battery, less after cranking a while. It does start and run when primed but stops as soon as the starting fluid is burned off. P.S. Where can I get a repair manual for this model lawn tractor and engine? Robert

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Robert -
July 27, 2013
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not sure if the expert has a repair manual or knows where to get one. but with it starting every time with starting fluid it is definitely a fuel problem. do you have a full stream of fuel coming from the fuel line if you remove it from the carbs fuel pump and hold it to the ground. I see you put a new carb on the engine so I would not suspect a carb or fuel pump issue. sometimes there is just an air pocket in the line and pump that needs worked out. but make sure you have a full stream of fuel in the line to the carb.

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TC -
July 28, 2013
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Thanks, TC, for replying so quickly. I'll check for air in the line. Robert

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Robert -
July 28, 2013
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Thank you for using ManageMyLife.com. I am sorry to hear of the issue you are experiencing with starting the tractor, I know how frustrating that is.

You made the right call with the carburetor replacement, whether or not it solved the problem we are discussing. Anytime old fuel gets into the fuel system, it causes havoc on the whole fuel system. With the new ethanol mixtures in the fuel, it only has a lifespan of 2-3 months at best, which is why making use of fuel stabilizer is so critical.

As we both know, it takes three things for an engine to fire; air, fuel, and spark. Since you have verified you have spark at the plug, we can rule that out. I am presuming your air filter is clean and doesn't need to be replaced. That leaves us with a fuel issue. Since you have replaced the carburetor, we can rule that out of the equation. The fuel filter replacement is also a good move, and since it's been replaced, we can rule it out.

That leaves us with a couple of possibilities. First and foremost, if the old fuel sat in the fuel pump, it could be clogging it with varnish, which would prevent the pump from delivering fuel to the carburetor. I would recommend disconnecting the fuel line coming from the pump and see if fuel is being dispersed. I would also recommend checking the existing fuel lines, disconnect them individually, and blow through them to check for any resistance or blockage, which would also prevent fuel from making it to the carburetor.

With you being able to put starter fluid into the carburetor and it starting tells me that fuel is not making it to the carb, which in turn is choking out and dying. Going through the pump and the fuel lines should solve the problem.

If you have any further questions or inquiries, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for using ManageMyLife.com.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 29, 2013
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Well, I finally got it running. After reading all of your comments and advise, I decided to check my fuel system from stem to stern and I found that the post fuel filter gas line had some cracks in it so I removed it and checked it for leaks. I plugged one end of it and blew air through the other end and found that it had air leaks throughout. I replaced the entire fuel line, put the tractor back together, choked it, cranked it and it started right up. I guess the air leaks were preventing the suction that the carb needs to function properly. It's running great now. Thanks to all you guys for your help, especially TC for your prompt reply. P.S. It helps to put the fuel filter on in the right direction. Robert

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Robert -
July 31, 2013
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a cracked fuel line will do that, also it will come apart inside and block off the fuel flow. glad you got it going.

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TC -
July 31, 2013
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