Model #917270711 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Craftsman 917270711 riding mower wont turn over or make a sound 917270711 Craftsman Lawn tractor


Thank you for your inquiry on your Craftsman Tractor, Model: 917.270711. From reviewing the details on your model, you can prove the battery and starter are good by making a jumper wire from 12 or 14 gauge wire and stripping 1/2 inch insulation from each end. Put the tractor in neutral and set the parking brake. Touch one end of the jumper wire to both red wires on top of the starter solenoid. The wires should spark when you touch the terminals and the starter should turn the engine over. If this happens you know the battery and starter are good. I am assuming the engine does not turn over when you turn the ignition key to the start position. Check the voltage across the battery terminals; you should get 12.6 or more volts. If you don't the battery is dead or weak. The best way to check the starting circuit of the mower is to connect the ground side of a volt meter to ground on the tractor or the battery. Get someone to turn the ignition key to the start position and check the voltage on the white wire on the ignition switch. You should get 12 volts dc. If you don't the ignition switch is probably bad. If you have the voltage at the ignition switch, go to the white wires on the brake/clutch safety switch. With the clutch pushed in, you should get 12 volts dc on both white wires with the wires connected to the switch. If you only have voltage on one wire, the clutch/brake safety switch is bad. If you have voltage on both white wires, go to the white wires on the deck engagement safety switch and do the same test with the deck disengaged. If you only get voltage on one wire, the safety switch is bad. If you have voltage on both wires at the deck engagement safety switch, check the voltage at the white wire on the starter solenoid. If you don't have voltage there, you have a broken wire between the deck engagement safety switch and the starter solenoid. If you have voltage to the starter solenoid coil and the solenoid is grounded to the frame good, the solenoid is bad.

Safety Warning: Before beginning the repair, disconnect the direct power supply to the tractor to prevent the risk of injury or any electrical shock.

If you don’t feel comfortable or confident in this repair, then you can have it repaired at home by a sears technician. I have the included a link to the website: Sears Home Services or call 1-800-469-4663.

I hope this answered your question. Thank you for contacting, and have yourself a wonderful day. 


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Gerry 93 -
Sears Technician
June 02, 2015

where can i find a starter? 917270711 Craftsman Lawn tractor


Thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect. I will be more than happy to assist you with your Craftsman tractor.

From the information you have provided above, after researching model number 917.27070711. you can purchase this on our website. I have linked the starter to our website at

Click here.

The part number for the starter is 795121.

I hope you found this information useful. Again thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business, have a great day.

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Benny23 -
Sears Technician
March 11, 2015

Riding lawn mower model number917270711. Wont start by turning key 917270711


Thanks for using, and for being a valued member. 

I am sorry to hear of the issue you’re experiencing with starting the tractor. I know how frustrating issues like this are to have happen.

This sounds like one of the safety switches is defective and killing the spark to the plug. When you remove the ground wire from the magneto, you are essentially bypassing the safety mechanism. However, until you identify which of the switches are defective, you will continue to have this issue.

The brake interlock switch on most tractors is mounted under the frame about half way between the front and back. The brake rod has a tab that depresses the plunger when you push the brake in. The attachment interlock will be located behind the dash under the engagement lever. When the lever is down the plunger is pushed. The other safety switch is the seat switch. This switch is mounted under the seat. These switches will need to be tested one at a time to see which is not showing continuity. I have provided a link below to an excellent video that will show you how to test them if you have a multi meter.

Tractor Safety Switch Testing

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
September 29, 2014

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