Model #917274033 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Tractor goes dead when the brake/clutch pedal is released. 917274033 Craftsman Lawn tractor


Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

Your tractor most likely uses an Operator Presence (seat) switch that will cause engine to stall if blades are engaged or the brake is released without anyone on the seat. If ample amount of weight is not kept on the seat during operation or the operator is leaning forward the tractor will stall because the Operator Presence (seat) switch senses that the operator is not completely on the seat.

To check Operator Presence (seat) switch:

Lift seat.

Locate wires that connect to Operator Presence (seat) switch under the seat.

Disconnect and clean any debris in the switch connector. Use an ohmmeter to check the switch. When the switch is not pushed, the reading should be 0 ohms (closed). When pushed it should read OL (open load).

Make sure the connector is fully seated on the seat switch. The connector is a special connector that will short the two wires if it is not fully seated.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
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October 09, 2014

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
May 14, 2014

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Thank you for your question.


I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I had a question just like this not to long ago. Click on the following link to view the advice I gave them.  Craftsman-garden-tractor-model-917276022-mower-blade-engage-belt-pulleys-fine-3-year-pto-switch

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



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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 17, 2013

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