Model #917258482 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Get nothing when turning key on to start. 917258482 Craftsman Tractor


Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the starting issue you're having with the tractor. I know how frustrating that is.

First, make sure the engagement lever is down or the PTO button is pushed in and the brake pedal is fully depressed (as you've already done) 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 B terminal of the ignition switch or the red wire. 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 white wire on the clutch/brake safety switch. The reading should always be 12 volts. Then move to the attachment PTO safety switch. If you lose the 12 volts, the problem is between the last check 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 key is turned to Start, the tractor should fire up.

This very likely could be the fuse, a shorted safety switch, or a wire that’s shorting or grounding out. Check all your battery connections and make sure they are tight. There is a safety switch by the clutch/brake, one by the blade engagement handle, and another under the seat. 

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 18, 2015

How do you change a rear tractor inner tube 917258482 Craftsman Tractor


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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2014

how do you remove a fly wheel on lawn tractor model 917.258482 917.258482


Thank you for your question.


I will be happy to assist you with removing the flywheel on the engine. In order to remove the flywheel you need to disconnect the spark plug wire and remove the blower housing. The blower housing is the cover on the top of the engine. If your model has a screen over the flywheel, you will need to remove it also. Then you will need a harmonic balancer puller. We sell the kit for less than $20.00. Click on this link to see the puller we offer. Once you have the puller click on this link. The link will take you to a video that shows how to remove the flywheel bolt and how to use the puller.





I hope this is helpful.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T. 

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 10, 2013

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