Model #917251493 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

How do I fill the hydroylic fluid in my hydrostatic tractor? I can pull the filter, how do I fill it?

A:

Also, how much do I need? The manual says do nothing but its not moving but a little bit and I have nothing to loose by trying.

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Chase -
October 12, 2012
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I can understand your concern over wanting to know how much and how to replace the hydraulic fluid on your tractor. I did some research and provided a link to a similar question and answer on our site. I hope this will give you a better idea on the next step to take until the Expert responds to your question in more detail within 24 to 48 hours.

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Julio -
October 12, 2012
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I have attached the full instructions to change the transmission oil on your tractor. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
October 14, 2012
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Q:

How do I stop the V belt from coming off on my riding tractor?

A:

I apologize for the trouble you have had with the tractor drive belt coming off.

If the tractor is used correctly, the clutch will only be pushed in for starting. After the engine is running you do not need to use the brake to stop. The motion control lever will apply the brake when you move it to neutral. When you move the motion control lever to forward or reverse the tractor will respond without using the brake or clutch.

If you are using the clutch and brake to stop and start the tractor, it will cause the drive belt to come off.

If the belt guides are in place and properly adjusted, the motion drive belt should not come off in use. I am sending you a diagram for the position of the belt guides. Be sure all the belt guides are in place. Adjust the belt guides so they are 1/4 inch from the back of the belt when the belt is tight.

To determine if the loss of power is in the belt or the transaxle, pull the clutch pedal up with your foot while climbing the slope. If this causes the tractor to climb ok, the problem is in the belt. If this doesn't affect the loss of power, check the fluid in the transaxle.

To check the fluid in the transaxle remove the pipe plug on the left side of the transaxle case. The fluid level should be level with the bottom of the hole the plug came from. There is a pipe plug on the top of the transaxle case to add the oil through.

The transaxle on your tractor uses 10W40 motor oil.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
January 14, 2010
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"If the tractor is used correctly, the clutch will only be pushed in for starting. After the engine is running you do not need to use the brake to stop. The motion control lever will apply the brake when you move it to neutral. When you move the motion control lever to forward or reverse the tractor will respond without using the brake or clutch" If this were correct, which I don't think it is, than how would you apply the emergency brake 'without fully depressing' the brake pedal and not have the engine drive belt fall off? My belt falls off on a 917.270622 when I fully depress the brake, not while riding. However, while riding around bushes and trees I may have to hit the brake, and when I do....off comes the belt.

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Anonymous -
October 05, 2010
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I finally figured out how to keep my V belt from falling off and in place. As I was driving I saw a tractor like mine. It was a 1998 21HP 50�. I noticed that this mower had a belt keeper above the transaxle pulley. I found that the belt keeper part numbers was156109 or 164173 with the hex lock nut no. 7390050. One of the mower model numbers I researched was 917273320 and the belt keeper part number was 123405X but has been updated to 164173. I am disappointed that the manufacturer and all the technicians I had try to fix and talk to could not figure it out. Their answers mostly were that I needed a new belt or the guides needed to be adjusted. I have spent a lot of money on new belts and replaced belts that have come off and shredded. It is apparent to me that the manufacturer saw the need to add this belt keeper and did not bother to pass along the remedy for the belt falling off. Is there a way to update the manual to add the belt keeper part? Is there a way to let others like me who contact Sears know of the remedy also. I want to change my transaxle fluid and am unsure where the lower pipe plug is to check the level. Could you supply me with the key number and part number to help me find it? My understanding is the upper pipe plug to add oil is part number 142914 (key #95), correct? How many ounces of motor oil will it take to fill? Thanks in advance for your help.

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taborp -
June 09, 2011
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Q:

How can I stop my V motion drive belt from coming off?

A:

I apologize for the trouble you have had with the tractor drive belt coming off.

If the tractor is used correctly, the clutch will only be pushed in for starting. After the engine is running you do not need to use the brake to stop. The motion control lever will apply the brake when you move it to neutral. When you move the motion control lever to forward or reverse the tractor will respond without using the brake or clutch.

If you are using the clutch and brake to stop and start the tractor, it will cause the drive belt to come off.

If the belt guides are in place and properly adjusted, the motion drive belt should not come off in use. I am sending you a diagram for the position of the belt guides. Be sure all the belt guides are in place. Adjust the belt guides so they are 1/4 inch from the back of the belt when the belt is tight.

To determine if the loss of power is in the belt or the transaxle, pull the clutch pedal up with your foot while climbing the slope. If this causes the tractor to climb ok, the problem is in the belt. If this doesn't affect the loss of power, check the fluid in the transaxle.

To check the fluid in the transaxle remove the pipe plug on the left side of the transaxle case. The fluid level should be level with the bottom of the hole the plug came from. There is a pipe plug on the top of the transaxle case to add the oil through.

The transaxle on your tractor uses 10W40 motor oil.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
January 14, 2010

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