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Craftsman 14.5 hp riding mower dead

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09-25-09, 06:15 AM   #1  
Craftsman 14.5 hp riding mower dead

I finished mowing my lawn and shut off my mower to clean it. When I went to restart it, it ran rough which I thought was because the fuel was low and I parked it on a slope to clean it. It ran and I put it away. Two weeks later, I went to start it and it was dead. I charged the battery and nothing. I tried boosting it and still dead so don't think it's the battery. I had a quick look and everything looked OK (wires, connections).
Where do I start and how do I test the individual components (key switch, safety switches etc). The model number is 944.600041
Thanks in advance.

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09-25-09, 09:58 AM   #2  
Never ever wash a lawn tractor. It makes neighbors like me look bad!

I do not have the resources available here in the U.S. to look up Canadian Craftsman model numbers or mower information. I do not know of anyone who can. I understand 944 is the code used by Husqvarna (Formally known as Frigidaire, Electrolux and AYP) for the Canadian market.

Batteries can go bad quickly and do weird things making you think they are good. Here in the U.S. we can have them tested free at most auto parts stores. I hope that you can do the same in Canada. I recommend testing the battery to ensure its condition.

Remove primary electrical wires, battery, solenoid and starter. Clean connections thoroughly.

Rule out the battery and connections and you can go from there. The running rough would be a separate problem. If you have not changed the spark plug, do so.

When posting back give the model number, etc. for the engine.

Here are links to manuals concerning Craftsman tractors that may benefit you. It is a lot to look at but it may help.






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09-25-09, 05:50 PM   #3  
I don't have any way of looking up that mower either, but if it is a kohler equipped model with the set of relays under the gas tank, the relays would be a good place to start looking. Often water gets inside the case of the relay and corrodes it.

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