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Our model 917.255575 Craftsman Lawn Tractor won't start.

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
May 17th, 2012

My friends lawn tractor was installed with an new ignition switch and silinoid and it mower still won't start? I suggested at first to clean the battery post and cables since we had done this before in the past and it started. Well $45.00 later we cleaned the terminals eand cables and it started and he mowed the back yard. He stopped to trim some brush back and it just clicked like a bad connection. Well the mower just turns over now with out firing off. We have spark, fuel, oil and air flow and it just cranks but won't start?

Craftsman , Lawn Tractors , Lawn Mowers
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If you have confirmed that, you have fuel and spark at the spark plug I recommend checking the compression. To check the compression you need to remove the spark plug. Then tuck the sparkplug wire out of the way. Once it is out of the way, hold your finger over the spark plug hole. While you hold your finger over the hole, have a helper try to start the engine. As the engine turns over the air should push past your finger. If it doesn’t the engine has an internal problem. If the air does push past your finger, the engine should run. I recommend double-checking the spark and fuel.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T.
by Mark T
May 17th, 2012
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if you have a presence control switch under the seat that might be bad or it might not be getting a good connection if not i would take it looose and clean the ends and put it back together and see if that is your problem if not i would then check to see that your getting proper fuel flow to the carb and also check your air filter make sure it isnt clogged and neeeds replaced if none of these ideas fixes the problem then i would say possible bad solenoid even though you bought it new also check under the hood to see if there is a fuse in the wire harness that might have blown sometimes its the little things that cause the bigger problems good luck hope this helps with resolving your problem a expert will answer your question soon
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May 16th, 2012
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Any answers to my question
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May 14th, 2012
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After changing so many parts on the Craftsman tractor you would think its ready to go. is here to help with a little help from the experts. I am attaching a few links with similar issues on other tractors that may help while waiting for an answer.
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May 14th, 2012
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