Model #917288900 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Mower 917288900: Blade won't engage, even after replacing the switch. 917288900 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member. I am sorry to hear of the issues you're having engaging the blades. I know how frustrating that is.
I would start at the electric clutch and verify you have 12v being supplied to it. If not, then check the wiring back to the switch. If the wiring looks good, you will need to test the switch for continuity. If the switch checks out, you will want to check the ignition switch. 
If the clutch has 12 volts and is not operating, the electric clutch will more than likely need replacement. 
I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 13, 2014
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Thanks, Josh. I'll let you know what I find.

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s23ayers -
August 13, 2014
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Lawn tractor won't go forward or reverse.

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I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your tractor and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. Click here for the link. I hope this helps with your research while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
May 25, 2013
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If you've had either of the rear wheels off, then it's possible that one of the axle keys did not make it back into place. This will prevent the machine from driving.

If you've not had the wheels off, try this: Go as is to drive the tractor and put your foot behind the clutch/brake pedal and pull it back towards you. If the tractor then moves, either the belt is not tight enough or the clutching idler bracket is not able to pivot all the way (due to corrosion).

Let me know what you find.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2013
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Sears/Kohler powered riding mower

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Good morning.... I can appreciate the efforts you've made to resolve this clicking issue you're having. I did locate a link that will discuss your situation in greater detail. Though this link discusses a different model number, the mechanics are likely going to be very similar. Keep in mind that an expert will be responding within the next two business days if not sooner and will likely offer you more information and instruction. I hope this link will help guide you as to what might be wrong with your tractor and have a nice day.

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Henry -
April 07, 2013
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Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having this problem with the tractor. I recommend determining what is causing the engine not to turn over. First, make sure the engagement lever is down or the PTO button is pushed in and the brake pedal is fully depressed or the tractor will not attempt to turn over. If you have already done this, I recommend checking the fuse. The fuse is located behind the dash. If the fuse is good, you have a wiring or switch problem. The easiest way to pin point the problem is with a volt meter. If you do not have a meter, you can purchase one relatively cheap.  Turn the meter to check dc volts, and then hold the black lead to the black negative battery terminal for all of the voltage checks. Place the red lead on the positive terminal of the battery. The reading should be 12 volts. If you have a 12 volt reading, move the red lead to the first blue dot in the image. Your reading should be 12 volts. If you have 12 volts, have someone sit on the tractor and hold the brake pedal while turning the key for the rest of the checks. While they have the key turned to the start position, move the red lead to the next blue dot. The reading should always be 12 volts. Then move to the next blue dot. If you lose the 12 volts, the problem is between the last blue dot you had the voltage and where you lost the voltage. If you have 12 volts all the way to the white wire on the solenoid, the solenoid or the starter is defective.  To determine starter or solenoid short the two large posts on the solenoid together with a screwdriver. There should be a spark it is normal. Once shorted the starter should run.   If the tractor still will not run once you get the starting issue fixed, please let me know. I will be happy to assist you with diagnosing that.   Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 09, 2013
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