Model #917276680 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

My tractor shuts down when I engage the blades before the deck is dropped, while moving forward.

A:

I think the problem is in the safety switch that is attached to the deck engagement lever. It might be out of position and is sometimes leaving the switch closed. The problem might also be in the position you are sitting in the seat in. The seats on these tractors had added foam rubber and if you move too far forward in the seat the seat switch doesn't get made.

Going forward or backward should not matter to the tractor if the reverse switch is opening.

Does the engine die if you drop the deck all the way down then engage the deck? This is what make me think it might be the way you are sitting in the seat.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
October 06, 2009