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It is very frustrating to roll out your mower to cut the lawn only to find that it won't start. This is a guide about Craftsman riding mower won't start.

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June 15, 2016 Flag
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I am 13 years old and I have a Craftsman 19.5 turbo cooled 2 cylinder
lawn tractor; there is no mow deck at all. I bought it for my birthday last year.
I can't get it started. I think it is the carb and the fuel pump. I just don't know how to fix those two things. Does anyone know how? I am trying to get it going so I can do the tractor pull at the Windsor fair.

July 14, 20160 found this helpful

Tractor will start but won't. Has gas to carb won't start . Pull plugs spray starting fluid in cylinders clean plugs . Start mower runs and stops will not stay running . HELP

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August 28, 20160 found this helpful

Yes go on line and you'll find a video on YouTube that will show you how to do it

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January 14, 2016 Flag
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I have a Craftsman 917.289700 with a 24hp B&S engine. Today it quit running while mowing. I thought it was gas, so I filled it up, but now it is a dead duck. Read in my manual, if you can call it that, to check a 30 amp fuse behind the dash, but no can see. Does anyone have a photo that would locate this for me?

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June 24, 20160 found this helpful

My mower starts but when I let the clutch out, it dies. Help please

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July 2, 20160 found this helpful

I have the same problem: the engine idles, but it dies (1) when I let the clutch out or (2) when I engage the mower deck. Now it won't start at all. Nothing.

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June 8, 2016 Flag
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I have a 21 horse power Craftsman riding mower with a Briggs and Stratton motor. It was running fine; I shut it off and blew the grass off before putting it up and it will not start back. I have put a new battery and starter on it, but it won't turn the motor over unless you take the plug out and then it turns it over fine. But when you put the plug back, it won't turn over. What is wrong with it?

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September 10, 20160 found this helpful

Remove valve cover and look for rocker arm really loose or pushrods bent. Common problem on that engine. I also have seen the rocker arm com loose and it is not opening exaust valve or intake valve causing starter not to be able to crank engine. There need to be 4 - 6 thousand of a inch gap when valve is fully closed

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September 10, 20160 found this helpful

Remove valve cover and look for rocker arm really loose or pushrods bent. Common problem on that engine. I also have seen the rocker arm com loose and it is not opening exaust valve or intake valve causing starter not to be able to crank engine. There need...

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August 27, 2016 Flag
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I have a Craftsman 917.262960 with a Kohler Command 20hp. It runs great after it starts. It has a new starter and a good battery. I just replaced the solenoid. The problem started a couple of months ago and has progressively worsened. Initially, I had to turn the key several times, hearing only a faint "click", before the engine would turn over and start right up. Then it turned into 15 or 20 times, usually with the faint click, until it finally engaged. More recently, I got it to start by hooking up my charger with 100amp boost. After a couple of tries with the faint click it would fire up and run strong. Last time was 2 weeks ago. I installed new solenoid yesterday. Even with the boost I'm not even getting the "click" now. Any suggestions?

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September 3, 20160 found this helpful

Have craftsman yt 3000 riding mower. New battery and new solenoid wont start. Fuse is good under dash

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May 14, 2016 Flag
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Nothing happens when I turn the key. It will start when I run a jumper cable from the battery to the starter. I replaced the solenoid, but it is still not starting. I have no idea what to do or check?

August 25, 20160 found this helpful

Check ur bolt on ur starter and see if it is loose if it's strip it's not getting a good connection.

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September 19, 20160 found this helpful

If the cable is getting super hot, likely that there is a short in the harness to the key or solenoid. double check all ground connections and positive connections from the battery forward.

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March 30, 2016 Flag
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I have a Crafstman riding mower. I haven't used it for about nine months. Unfortunately before winter came nothing was done to "winterize" it. Now I can't get it to start. Should I change the oil? Empty the gas and refill it? As you can tell I'm not a "handyman"!

July 13, 20160 found this helpful

I agree

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July 24, 20160 found this helpful

same thing. My fuel pump broke, I think if froze. replaced it and she works fine

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April 30, 2016 Flag
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My brother has a 18 hp. Craftsman ride. It turns over, but doesn't start unless I put my hand over the air intake at the filter. Then it runs until I take off my hand.

July 30, 20160 found this helpful

Im about with you. Bought a YT 3000 a little over 3 years ago with the 3 year warranty. 2 months after the warranty expires a thousand dollar transmission goes out. Rather than be without a mower for 3 to 4 weeks waiting to get it fixed, I proceed to my local Sears and make another boneheaded purchase of yet a more expensive Z6000 zero turn. Use it 1 time and then go out to mow today and guess what, it wont start. But THANKFULLY, I purchased the $550 dollar extended warranty again because they say will TRY to be by next week or 2 to see what the problem is. Im tempted to call and tell them to come pick the piece of garbage up and give me my money back. I have over $5000 in mowers sitting in my yard and cant even mow my grass.

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August 3, 20160 found this helpful

I have a 2004 Murray riding mower won't start unless hand joke

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July 23, 2016 Flag
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My Craftsman tractor, model 917.250262, cranks but won't start. I tried pouring a small amount of gas down the carb but nothing. It's never done this before. I think I have an electrical problem, where should I look?

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