Model #917288031 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

917288031 cannot get battery out? doing everything but still not coming out

A:

Thank you for your question on removing the battery from under the seat of the tractor.

The battery just sits in a battery case under the seat of the tractor.

If you remove the leads from the battery terminals you should be able to grab the battery with a two pair of pliers grasping the battery terminals and pull straight up to remove the battery. You may have to rock the battery back and forth to work it up and out.

On some battery cases they may have a black rubber bungee cord to secure the battery across the top.

If the battery is that stuck then something is causing the battery to adhere to the bottom of the battery box.

Please let me know what you think is the problem.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 18, 2012
Q:

917288031 cannot get battery out? doing everything but still not coming out

A:

Thank you for your question on removing the battery from under the seat of the tractor.

The battery just sits in a battery case under the seat of the tractor.

If you remove the leads from the battery terminals you should be able to grab the battery with a two pair of pliers grasping the battery terminals and pull straight up to remove the battery. You may have to rock the battery back and forth to work it up and out.

On some battery cases they may have a black rubber bungee cord to secure the battery across the top.

If the battery is that stuck then something is causing the battery to adhere to the bottom of the battery box.

Please let me know what you think is the problem.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 18, 2012
Q:

I own a Craftsman Tractor, Model 917288031. The engine starts but when the blade is engaged the engine stops! HELP?

A:

The connector on your seat switch has a shunt built inside it. When the connector is removed from the seat switch it closes a circuit that grounds out the ignition module and kills the engine. When the brake is on and the deck is not engagethe switch on the linkage opens a circuit and prevents this from happening.

Something is wrong in the seat switch or the seat switch connector that causes the problem you have. Make sure the connector is on the seat switch securely.

If the connector is on the seat switch securely, either the seat switch or the connector might be shorted internally. You need a meter to test this.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 26, 2010

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