Model #917273404 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

my mower will say start when i engaged the blake 917273404 Craftsman Lawn tractor

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
I am sorry to hear of the issue you're having keeping the tractor running when you press the brake/clutch, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.
You've definitely replaced quite a few parts, but I suspect the issue is with the seat switch. If the switch has a loose connector, dirty contacts, or is defective; it will kill spark when you go to put it in gear or engage the blades. I don't suspect you've tried to engage the blades, because the tractor won't move without dying, but I bet it would also die when trying to engage the blades too.
I would recommend lifting the seat, and undo the connector for the seat switch. Clean the connector contacts and reconnect firmly together. Sometimes they will work themselves loose and you may need to cable tie clip it together. If you have a multimeter, you can test it for continuity if you suspect it's bad, but it's usually an issue with dirty contacts or a loose connection. 
You've addressed many of the other possibilities, and the seat switch sounds to be the most probable at this time. Hopefully this helps out and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 22, 2014
Q:

my mower will say start when i engaged the blake 917273404 Craftsman Lawn tractor

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
I am sorry to hear of the issue you're having keeping the tractor running when you press the brake/clutch, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.
You've definitely replaced quite a few parts, but I suspect the issue is with the seat switch. If the switch has a loose connector, dirty contacts, or is defective; it will kill spark when you go to put it in gear or engage the blades. I don't suspect you've tried to engage the blades, because the tractor won't move without dying, but I bet it would also die when trying to engage the blades too.
I would recommend lifting the seat, and undo the connector for the seat switch. Clean the connector contacts and reconnect firmly together. Sometimes they will work themselves loose and you may need to cable tie clip it together. If you have a multimeter, you can test it for continuity if you suspect it's bad, but it's usually an issue with dirty contacts or a loose connection. 
You've addressed many of the other possibilities, and the seat switch sounds to be the most probable at this time. Hopefully this helps out and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 

Read More
Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 22, 2014
Q:

my mower will say start when i engaged the blake 917273404 Craftsman Lawn tractor

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
I am sorry to hear of the issue you're having keeping the tractor running when you press the brake/clutch, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.
You've definitely replaced quite a few parts, but I suspect the issue is with the seat switch. If the switch has a loose connector, dirty contacts, or is defective; it will kill spark when you go to put it in gear or engage the blades. I don't suspect you've tried to engage the blades, because the tractor won't move without dying, but I bet it would also die when trying to engage the blades too.
I would recommend lifting the seat, and undo the connector for the seat switch. Clean the connector contacts and reconnect firmly together. Sometimes they will work themselves loose and you may need to cable tie clip it together. If you have a multimeter, you can test it for continuity if you suspect it's bad, but it's usually an issue with dirty contacts or a loose connection. 
You've addressed many of the other possibilities, and the seat switch sounds to be the most probable at this time. Hopefully this helps out and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. 

Read More
Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 22, 2014

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