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I have a craftsman vt3000. It will not stay running ,it also will not move when it is running When I pull the tiny lever in the back to disengage the transmiss 917272672 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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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. I know how frustrating that is.

When you say the tractor will not stay running, does it die after the clutch brake is released? If so, that would indicate a safety switch issue. There are three safety switches on the unit. There is the seat switch, blade engagement interlock switch, and the brake/clutch interlock switch. 

I would start by cleaning the contacts and making sure the connectors are firmly secured. If that doesn't help, you will need to test the switches for continuity with a meter.

In regards to the movement of the tractor, the first question is have you removed the rear wheels. The rear wheels have a square axle key that drive them. I know you have checked this. I just have to mention it to be sure.

If the axle key is in position, the next check to make is if the drive belt is still on. With the tractor on a level surfaced and the engine off look under the tractor at the drive belt. The belt should be free of slack and go around all of the pulleys.

Since your tractor has a hydrostatic transaxle, I recommend you try to purge the air out of the system. The purging instructions can be found in your owner's manual.

Next check the brake lever on the transaxle. If it has been sitting for a long period of time it might be stuck on. The lever is located on the right side of the tractor inside of the frame. I recommend working the lever back and forth to make sure it is moving freely.

When you are looking under the tractor, have someone move the shifter. When the shifter is moved, you should see the shifter on the transaxle move. If the shifter is properly attached, have someone start the tractor and let out on the brake. Now carefully look under the tractor at the Trans axle drive pulley. The drive pulley should be spinning. If the pulley is spinning, the problem is most likely a defective transaxle.

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 15, 2015
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VT3000 riding lawn mower, starter problem 917.288520

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com and being a valued member. It is unfortunate to hear that you are having issues with your lawn tractor and I do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. I'm looking at your model number 917288520 and I recommend checking the engine for spark first. To check for spark remove the spark plug. Then connect the spark plug to the spark plug wire. Now you will need to hold the base of the spark plug to a clean metal surface with insulated pliers. Once you have the spark plug in position have a helper turn the engine over. You should see a blue spark from the spark plug. If you do not have spark, remove the kill wire from the module. Then check for spark again. If there is no spark, the module is defective. It can also be an issue with the fuel or the compression. The first thing I would do is remove the fuel filter and pour a few teaspoons for fuel into the throat of the carburetor. Then try to start the engine. If the engine starts and stalls the problem is in the fuel supply or carburetor. Usually the carburetor needs to be cleaned because it has been sitting. Once the carburetor is cleaned, fill the tank with fresh fuel and check the operation. If the engine does not try to start with pouring gas into the carburetor the problem could be with compression. To check the compression you need to remove the spark plug. Then tuck the spark plug wire out of the way. Put your finger over the spark plug hole to seal it. The compression should blow past your finger. If it does not the engine has an internal problem. Here is a link for a video that will help. Just click the blue link above to be taken to the page. I trust this information will help you.

 

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
October 24, 2014
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My tractor will not start

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I know how important it is to have a good working Tractor in your home so that you can keep your grass maintained. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a few links that will provide you with some good information about what may be causing your problem.

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Priscilla V -
August 10, 2011
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Thanks for the info. I finally got it started.

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richard Osborn -
August 10, 2011
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I am glad to see you got your tractor started. Thanks for using Manage My Life.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
August 11, 2011
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