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Help with no start on Craftsman Model # 917258504 tractor


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07-30-12, 07:04 PM   #1  
Help with no start on Craftsman Model # 917258504 tractor

A month ago my boys were mowing and the tractor blew the fuse because the ammeter fell out and got lost and the wires touched the frame. Mower would not re-start after that.Replaced fuse, still no start but starts when jumped across solenoid. Replaced solenoid and ignition switch but still no start unless solenoid is jumped and ignition is on. Ignition does nothing at all including turning mower off while running. Only way mower will start is with clutch in, key on and jumping solenoid. Does the starting circuit run thru the ammeter because at this point and time the wires are taped up with no ammeter and if not what am I looking for? The mower has never shut off with the old ignition switch so I figured maybe I could kill two birds with one stone by replacing the switch. Someone please help. Thanks

 
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07-30-12, 07:30 PM   #2  
Connect the two wires from the ammeter together.


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07-31-12, 05:59 PM   #3  
Thank You Cheese I wired the two wires together and it fired right up. I would like to know why it does not shut off with the key so if I might pick your brain one more time do you have any ideas? As I said ignition switch is new but the only way it shuts off is by choking it out. Any switches that might cause this or any troubleshooting ideas for me? Thanks again.

 
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07-31-12, 10:27 PM   #4  
Is the new switch exactly like the old one, with the terminals marked the same by letter on the back? There needs to be a connection from the coil kill wire to ground to kill the engine. Some switches have a connector off to the side that is for the ground.


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08-01-12, 06:04 AM   #5  
Check to see if the coil kill wire has come off the coil.
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08-01-12, 12:50 PM   #6  
Switches are exactly the same where would the coil be located

 
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08-01-12, 03:21 PM   #7  
Coil is under engine cowling, on top of engine.

 
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08-06-12, 06:49 PM   #8  
Coil on Craftsman

Thanks lLawnmower Dude Ground wire from ignition switch had fallen off of coil.Reconnected it shuts off with key I really appreciate Cheeses and your help.

 
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08-06-12, 08:35 PM   #9  
I love it when that happens,,,problem solved,,,way to go rick6713!

 
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