Model #917271831 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

I have a LT-1000 Model 917-271831 lawn tractor. When I mow up a small hill it loses power and quits. I have changed the fuel filter.

A:

If the tractor engine only dies when you are going up a hill, it must have something to do with fuel supply.

I would replace the fuel line from the tank to the filter. Blow some compressed air through the fitting at the fuel tank in case it is restricted.

If the engine only dies when you are low on fuel it might be normal as the fuel outlet is mounted on the front of the tank.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
April 02, 2010
Q:

I have a Craftsman LT 1000 lawn tractor, Model 917-271831. The tractor starts, but when I let up on the clutch the motor stops. Why?

A:

The most likely problem will be the seat switch or the seat switch connector.

The seat switch connector has a shunt built into it. If the connector is not firmly plugged on the seat switch, it grounds out and when the clutch is released or the deck is engaged, the engine will die. Look closely at the connector and you will see a plunger that is pushed in when it is plugged on the seat switch. The part number for the seat switch connector is 148706.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
April 02, 2010