Model #917252681 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

I have acquired a Sears/Craftsman LTV 11 Varidrive Lawn Tractor; want to know if its worth fixing and where/if I can get a repair manual. Thanks

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I know how useful detailed instructions can be when doing some major repairs. I suggest you add to the thread of this question and include some more information, include what the problem with your tractor is so that the expert can provide you with a more detailed answer. I do not have access to repair manuals and I did manage to find the owners manual for your tractor. I am also adding a second link in where you can set service to have your tractor repaired. I hope this helps with your tractor troubles while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
September 29, 2012
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Thanks a lot for the operators manual joseph, I will pick up a battery and see what results I get. I just got this tractor today so I will repost as soon as I install the battery. I know it needs new belts as well but I'll see what I can do to atleast get the engine running. Thanks

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Sean H -
September 29, 2012
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You will not find a repair manual specifically for that model but Haynes publishes a small engine repair book that covers most small engine types. For deck repairs you just gotta play it with common sense and a good diagram of parts. Have fun. ------ I had one of those for years. the only problem I had was that it was rough on oil. Keep your eye on that.

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steve -
September 29, 2012
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Thanks steve, Im going to take a look at one of those haynes manuals. I still havent picked up battery yet, hopefully within the next week or so. When I do Ill repost on here how it goes and also if I can pick up one of those haynes manuals. Thanks again!

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Sean H -
September 30, 2012
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Steve is right that there isn't a specific repair manual for these machines. You can find engine manuals from Haynes and from Briggs and Stratton (engine manufacturer). If there are any specific problems you run across with it, let me know here and we'll get it figured out. For parts, you can click the link I've attached below and use the model number to locate parts for it. I will tell you now that many parts for this machine are no longer in production but that stuff can sometimes be found online.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
October 01, 2012
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Well I finally picked up a new battery for this tractor and it started right away and then died. I replaced the fuel line with a new fuel cock and fuel filter, as well as put new oil in the engine. It continued to crank so i sprayed some starting fluid in the combustion chamber and it ran for about 5-8 seconds. So that helped me eliminate air, spark and compression. It doesnt seem to be getting fuel. I am going to remove the fuel/float bowl tonight and see if there will be anything in there that might be causing this issue. If there is any ideas that anyone has please let me know! Thanks.

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Sean H -
April 16, 2013
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I am degreasing the carb. assembly right now and removed the fuel bowl and the float seems to be in good operating condition. It moves freely but I am noticing something resembling a fuel jet? it is inside the spring screw/nut that secures the fuel bowl in place. Not sure if this thing being clogged would cause my cranks/no start condition. My throttle cable seems to be very sticky though and I am thinking that maybe this is related to my problem... maybe one of my air/throttle plates (the two throttle like plates inside the carb). I will reply with pics and further info soon.

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Sean H -
April 17, 2013
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here are some pics from my carb. There are two throttle/butterfly plates in there. You can see the two screws on the side of this carb; those control the plates and they seem to be moving freely. However, my throttle handle is very tough to move and......

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Sean H -
April 17, 2013
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... I dont see anything in this little throttle assembly moving when I do move the throttle. Im thinking that this maybe my problem. Any advice?

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Sean H -
April 17, 2013
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I have owned my ltv11 since 1984 minor problems until a couple of years ago. Idler pulley froze up. Ordered a replacement which did not fit. Parts are no longer available. Tried to repair the pulley by drilling out the pins and replace the bearing. bearing does not fit. I have had this tractor so long it feels like part of the family but it has been taking up space in the garage for 2 years now while I use a push mower on the lawn. I will try for a little while longer to try to find a way to fix it then good by old friend.

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Robert -
August 15, 2015
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I have a 1983 sears craftsman lawn tractor that needs the right belt lengths and a threading diagram for primary and secondary belts.

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I know this type of information can be very helpful for you to have. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the unit. I was unable to locate information that would be helpful with regards to your question at this time. Your expert will answer within 24-48 hours with detailed information. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Jackie S -
October 10, 2011
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This is a pretty old tractor. We do not have a lot of information on them anymore as so much of it has been phased out. I do have a drawing of the belts and how they should be routed. I have attached that drawing for you to use as a reference.

The belt lengths are:

  • Primary: 106729X: 47-1/2" X 5/8"
  • Secondary: 100615N: 56-1/2" X 1/2"

If you have any further questions please let me know.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 11, 2011
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Thank you for the information. I am sending you a picture of the underneath of the tractor with the belts threaded the way I think they go. Can you look at this and tell if this is correct? In this scheme the primary and secondary belts are reversed. Any help would be appreciated.

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brian -
October 12, 2011
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It is possible for the primary or secondary to be swapped. As long as the pulleys line up. Meaning the transmission pulley to the variator pulley (the center one) and the engine/idler pulleys to the variator pulley. As far as how they're routed it's correct in your photo. In your photo where the words "56 primary" are. Just below that (in the photo) you see the little loop at the end of the metal rod? The belt should be inside that look as it's a belt keeper.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 13, 2011
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I have a varidrive lawn tractor and would like to know if the Breather unit on the engine needs to be replaced periodically like a filter does.?

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Manage My Life is a great website to speak directly to an expert who can help you every step of the way to solving the problem you are having. An expert shall have an answer to your question within 24 to 48 hours. Have a great day.

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Alina F. -
August 13, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I will be happy to assist you. It is not necessary to service the breather. Most breathers have a mess that helps keep the oil from coming out. I reminds me of a scotch brite pad. I have never seen one fail. You can replace the breather if you want to but I do not see the benefit in doing so.

Please let me know if you need further assistance on the repair of the tractor.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 14, 2011
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The tractor is well over 15 years old (I think, not sure when my mother purchased and she doesn't remember either) so it is just replacing normal things that need replacing. But just want to make sure that this breather thing doesn't get clogged up like a filter would. I have never heard of it before so don't know what it does.

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Wendy -
August 14, 2011
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When you hear the word breather, you think of a filter. When the engine is running, it will build pressure. The purpose of the breather is to let the pressure out of the engine. If the pressure were not allowed to escape, the engine would leak oil past the seals. I hope this helps you understand this breather. Please feel free to add more details if you need further assistance.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 14, 2011
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Thank You very much, now it makes sense and I now know that I can order my other parts and I don't need the breather. I didn't see any oil or anything like that around it so I doubt it has any in it. Again thank you so much. Wendy

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Wendy -
August 14, 2011
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