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Posted February 24, 2014 - 02:16 PM

I've been working on a 40 or 42 inch cut craftsman sit down mower, it had no spark. I changed the switch under the seat, then the ignition block, finally the coil. After the coil the engired fired up and runs fine. My new problem?
When I take my foot off the clutch pedal, to try and put it into a gear, OR, if I try to engage the blades, the engine wants to cut off. Also, the engine is supposed to cut off when I stand up off my seat but it does not. 
Not sure if I put anything back in incorrectly, but there isn't much you can make a mistake with regarding the seat switch, or the coil. Unless the wires on the ignition block are crossed?
Look forward to some suggestions om what to try next. Thanks!

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Posted February 24, 2014 - 02:51 PM

Welcome to GTTALK. Sounds like you might have afaulty switch or a wire crossed somewhere. If you do a google search of the model of tractor you should be able to find a wiring schematic to make sure you have it wired correctly.  Post a picture of what you are working on and maybe it will jog the memory of someone else on here.       Good Luck.     Roger.

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Posted February 24, 2014 - 03:26 PM

Thanks for the welcome, I will see if I can get something posted.


I'm not sure why even with the seat switch, under the seat, unplugged the mower still starts. How could it be linked to the problem? I have not done anything with a "PTO" that I know of as far as wiring.
I added a new seat switch, wire goes on one way.
I added a new coil, also goes on one way.
I added a new solenoid, more wires but seemed non-complicated. 

Edited by itgl72, February 24, 2014 - 03:27 PM.

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Posted February 24, 2014 - 03:51 PM


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Posted February 24, 2014 - 03:53 PM




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Posted February 24, 2014 - 07:34 PM

I think you have a fault at your Seat switch, if not it would make sense its could be a PTO switch.

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Posted February 24, 2014 - 07:51 PM

What is the model and serial number of your Craftsman?


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Posted February 25, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Welcome to GTT!!!


I have to ask, how new is the mower? that may determine the safety switches you have or don't have.  Saying it cuts off when you let out clutch or when you engage sure sounds like a safety.....to me it sounds like a reverse safety switch, does this one have one on it?

If you can get us a model number, someone maybe able to find the wiring diagram and help ya out.