Craftsman riding mower

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Old 04-27-07, 07:04 AM
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Craftsman riding mower

Have a 10 year old riding mower. 10 -12 HP

Cranks
Good gas flow
No spark at plug.

Has 3 kill switches, which alll seem to work in the sense when I activate them the starter will not crank.

Any help???

Can I overide these switches? any manuals?
 
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Old 04-27-07, 07:28 AM
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Unplugging the kill wire from the coil will override any safety switches. If you still have no spark, replace the sparkplug, or the coil is probably bad. By unplugging the kill wire from the coil, you won't be able to turn off the tractor with the keyswitch.
 
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Old 04-27-07, 02:32 PM
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Thank you, I have tried a new plug no spark, I don't see a coil.

I have a ignition unit,ignition switch,solenoid
seat switch - it works
interlock switches - are working

this is a Craftsman model 917.154241
12hp electric start
6 speed 38' momer
 
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Old 04-27-07, 04:41 PM
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The ignition coil is located under the flywheel shroud and mount outside the flywheel (unless it is an old Tecumseh engine) and you will see a single, small wire running to it. If you unplug this wire you eliminate all safety switches and isolate the coil which is the proper procedure to determine where your trouble is. Again, as Msidan indicated, you will have no way to shut down the engine aside from pulling off the spark plug wire at the spark plug.
 
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Old 04-27-07, 05:01 PM
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thanks,

will give a try, it is a techumseh model 143 386 162
12hp
 
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Old 04-27-07, 05:16 PM
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This is a Tecumseh engine but is new(er) and has the coil mounted outside the flywheel. Do as instructed and note that you do not have to start the engine to check for spark you just need to crank the engine over and observe for spark at the spark plug. It's a bit of work since you have to reassemble the shroud - for safety's sake - before you crank over the engine. If you have spark with the kill circuit wire disconnected then you will have a safety feature as the trouble and would then need to determine which of the features is to blame. If you have no spark upon checking AND the coil airgap is set properly at .012" from the magnets then the coil is bad and needs replacing.
 
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Old 04-28-07, 03:39 AM
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disconnecting this wire, will I be able to crank engine with the key? Or do I have to jump it at the solnoid?
 
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Old 04-28-07, 04:19 AM
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Yes, you can still crank the engine over with this wire off, you just wouldn't be able to shut it off. But, you will not start the engine to check for spark.
 
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Old 04-28-07, 08:22 AM
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disconnected the wire, cranked engine - no spark.

but the switches still engage - in other words still have to depress clutch and sit on seat so the swicthes work?
 
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Changed the coil out and I am up and runnig --- Thank You
 
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Old 05-05-07, 11:28 PM
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Glad you got it! Thanks for the update!
 
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