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I have a craftsman riding mower. Kohler 16.5. 42" cutting deck.

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I have a craftsman riding mower. Kohler 16.5. 42" cutting deck. All of a sudden won't turn over to start. It is in neutral, I depress clutch/ brake, I am sitting on the seat and have checked the activation trigger under the seat. When I turn lights on they are working, so I don't think its the battery. Any ideas?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Welcome to JUST ANSWER small engines, let me try to help you !! Mower has a single ignition fuse, is it good? Located near the battery and starter solenoid. Owners manual may show exact location. If use is good, do you have a voltmeter to test the battery voltage? It will be over 13 volts if fully charged, and has to have a minimum of 12.5 volts for start.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I'd like to continue my discussion with Curtis, his two suggestions haven't got my mower working yet.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Fuse was good? And battery voltage is above 12.5 volts? If you follow the battery cable to the starter solenoid and jump from the battery post o the small switch terminal on the same solenoid, does the engine spin?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I will be home in a couple of hours and try that then be back in touch.
So I am hooking up a jumper cable from the red battry post to what?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
On the solenoid , where the red cable attaches,to the single wire post on the solenoid. These two connections are within an inch of each other. You want to use a small wire and touch this together. This is the same connection the keyswitch makes.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
i am sitting by my machine. I see where the red cable attaches to the solenoid, dont see the sngle wire post?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
found them. yes it does turn over. what does this mean?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
It means the battery, cables, solenoid and starter are good! So back to the safety switches. Check the seat switch and the harness to it, then the brake switch and harness. Both will keep the starter from working. I assume the ignition fuse is good, since the lights work.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have removed the seat switch, anyway to check it? Where is the brake switch located?Under the machine or inside the machine?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
is seat switch just two wires or a four wire switch? If two wires, just tie the two wires together.You never gave me the model number of the unit. The owners manual usually has a wiring diagram in the back of it.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It is a 2 wire.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
where will i find the model number, I purchased this used.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Model is under the seat. example 917-12345
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
just looking for how to test the seat switch, and locate and check the brake switch.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago. page 31 for wiring diagram. Seat switch makes when you sit on it.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
link doesnt work says omething went wrong.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
did you highlite link? I works! Left click to highlite, right click to go to.