testing ignition switch

dallen54200March 17, 2014

Greetings to all. I have a Craftsman 20.5 HP lawn tractor Model # 917.270840. Can anyone tell me how to check for a faulty ignition switch? Thanks

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justalurker

You need the correct electrical schematic for that exact model tractor and either a test light or an ohm meter and basic automotive electrical knowledge.

Lacking either usually results in a more complicated problem and ultimately a more costly repair.

Sears lists two manuals for the 917.270840... here is the schematic from one manual but it may not be the correct one for your tractor.

Perhaps it would be more prudent for you to post what problem you're having and we might point you to the right place to start diagnostics.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 2:55PM
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bill_kapaun

Note in the schematic above, that there's a "Truth Table" on the lower left of the page.
That shows what connections should or should NOT be made in the different key positions.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 6:31PM
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dallen54200

Thanks, I think I figured it out.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 8:18PM
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mownie(7)

Thank you for sharing your findings with the forum.
That's how this works.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 1:36AM
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