Model #917271024 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

new battery but wont turn over Model 917271024

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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 tractor not turning over with the new battery. I know how frustrating that is to have happen.

Check the fuse on your tractor; it's under the dash area. If the fuse is good you will need a volt meter so we can check the start circuit to try and find out what's going on with the tractor.

With a meter you will want to check the batter voltage and make sure it is at least 12.5VDC. Then check on the ignition switch where the red wire from the fuse goes in to make sure you have the same battery voltage there at the ignition switch. Then lock down the clutch brake and make sure the PTO switch is pushed in and check on the white wire coming from the ignition switch while you hold the key in the "start" position. You should have the same battery voltage there and on both white wires that come/go at the PTO switch.

If the tractor acts like its powerless and the voltage at the battery is good, I suspect the fuse is blown. If you have difficulty locating the fuse, trace the red wire from the starter solenoid to the ignition switch and it will be between them in a black fuse holder.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 18, 2014
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The tractor will not start if the mower is engaged. If you shut the engine off withe mower engaged you can not disengage the mower,However the egine will start with the mower engaged. If you ahve a long screwdriver look down through the dash and you will see A grey button,put the screwdriver down through the hole in the dash and push that button down all the way. Then if the engine is cold put the choke up and turn your stater key and the engine will start,Now disengage your mower deck. Just don't forget to disengage your mower every time or carry a very long screwdriver all the tiwm.

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Harry -
November 18, 2015
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Battery will not charge 917271024 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the lack of charging from the stator on this Kohler engine. I know how frustrating that is.

This engine uses a stator for the charging system. They stator is part number 12-085-08-S. It will be directly below the flywheel. When replacing the stator, or doing your preliminary inspection, check the flywheel magnets as well, as they could be loose or have surface rust. If they are slightly rusting, use a fine grit sand paper and gently sand off any surface rust. That may be the issue. If all looks good, I suspect a replacement stator will solve your issue. YouTube has some great videos on gaining access to the stator and performing the replacement. It might be worth checking out before you get involved. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
March 17, 2015
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I had the same problem with my riding mower. Itw was out of warrenty so I took it to a small engine shop and they did the same things the above tractor had done.They replaced the stator.. Cost me 75 dollars for work. They brought it back and it started right up so I used it most of the day. I was going to use it the next day and the battery was dead. I was not very happy so I started checking thins myself. I put a my jumper cables on and it started right up. I got out my multineter and started to check voltages from the stater wire back to the battery. I checked for voltage on the incoming side of the ammeter on the tractor and had voltage,I checked on the other side of the ammeter ans didn't have voltage.I then took one wire off the side going to the battery and found that the Ammeter was open,(No Continuity). I knew that an ammeter was hooked in series. The ammeter that craftsman used had an open coil.I want to my NAPA store and bought one (had to change the mounting Hole in dash but it worked and I had no more trouble wih battery not changeing.

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Harry -
November 18, 2015
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I had the same problem with my riding mower. Itw was out of warrenty so I took it to a small engine shop and they did the same things the above tractor had done.They replaced the stator.. Cost me 75 dollars for work. They brought it back and it started right up so I used it most of the day. I was going to use it the next day and the battery was dead. I was not very happy so I started checking thins myself. I put a my jumper cables on and it started right up. I got out my multineter and started to check voltages from the stater wire back to the battery. I checked for voltage on the incoming side of the ammeter on the tractor and had voltage,I checked on the other side of the ammeter ans didn't have voltage.I then took one wire off the side going to the battery and found that the Ammeter was open,(No Continuity). I knew that an ammeter was hooked in series. The ammeter that craftsman used had an open coil.I want to my NAPA store and bought one (had to change the mounting Hole in dash but it worked and I had no more trouble wih battery not changeing.

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Harry -
November 18, 2015
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