Model #917255430 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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486.244060 Snow Blade 917255430 Craftsman Tractor

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486.244060 Snow Blade 917255430 Craftsman Tractor

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Instructions on connecting snow blade to my tractor. 486.244062

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

To help you with the assembly of the snow blade to the tractor, I have linked the owner's manual for that attachment below that covers assembly and installation. I see that the tractor model of 917.255430 would use snow blade 486.24441. If you have issues mounting the snow blade, it may not be compatible with that tractor, and you would need to purchase the model specific attachment. 

Snow Blade 486.244062 Manual

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
December 24, 2014
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mower will not start 917.255430

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

The engine needs three basic things to run. They are fuel, compression, and spark. I am assuming from your question that this is an engine with a good battery and that it is just turning over and not firing at all, but even if that is not the case these basic checks can still help narrow down the source of the problem.

First, go back to the spark plug. Remove the leads, or wires, that connect from the engine to the plug. Remove the plug and put them back in the leads. Now position the leads so the metal end of the plug is against the engine or another clean unpainted metal ground point. Keep your hands away from the plugs so you do not get shocked, and turn the key to the start position. Look for sparks at the ends of the Spark Plug. Look careful as they might be hard to see in sunlight or other bright lights. If there is spark there then you have ignition, the first of the three basics. If not, you likely have an electrical problem that needs to be traced.

The engine should have been spinning over faster once the plug was removed and you should hear air rushing out of the spark plug holes in puffs. You could even try putting a thumb or finger over each plughole to see if the pressure pushes your finger off when turning over, just be careful not to touch the grounded plugs so you do not get shocked. If that all happens then you have the second ingredient, compression. If not then you may need a valve adjustment or may have a broken component inside the engine.

That leaves fuel. Check the tips of the plug you just removed, if fuel is reaching the engine there should be some residue there and they should look somewhat wet. If you used your finger to check compression then you may even see some residue on your finger. If there is fuel here, your problem may be old fuel or a timing issue. Try putting a small amount of good fuel into the throat of the carburetor and turn the key to start. If your problem is fuel related only, the engine should now try to start, or even run, until the fuel you put in is gone. That would indicate the fuel supply is being stopped in the fuel tank, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump, or carburetor. Some carburetors have a solenoid to stop the fuel supply when the key is off and a malfunction there could also be the problem.

If you would feel more confident have a Sears Home Service technician help assist with the diagnosis/repair, you can call 1-800-469-4663, or click here to be directed to the page to set up service.

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business.  

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
October 30, 2014
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mower will not start 917.255430

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

The engine needs three basic things to run. They are fuel, compression, and spark. I am assuming from your question that this is an engine with a good battery and that it is just turning over and not firing at all, but even if that is not the case these basic checks can still help narrow down the source of the problem.

First, go back to the spark plug. Remove the leads, or wires, that connect from the engine to the plug. Remove the plug and put them back in the leads. Now position the leads so the metal end of the plug is against the engine or another clean unpainted metal ground point. Keep your hands away from the plugs so you do not get shocked, and turn the key to the start position. Look for sparks at the ends of the Spark Plug. Look careful as they might be hard to see in sunlight or other bright lights. If there is spark there then you have ignition, the first of the three basics. If not, you likely have an electrical problem that needs to be traced.

The engine should have been spinning over faster once the plug was removed and you should hear air rushing out of the spark plug holes in puffs. You could even try putting a thumb or finger over each plughole to see if the pressure pushes your finger off when turning over, just be careful not to touch the grounded plugs so you do not get shocked. If that all happens then you have the second ingredient, compression. If not then you may need a valve adjustment or may have a broken component inside the engine.

That leaves fuel. Check the tips of the plug you just removed, if fuel is reaching the engine there should be some residue there and they should look somewhat wet. If you used your finger to check compression then you may even see some residue on your finger. If there is fuel here, your problem may be old fuel or a timing issue. Try putting a small amount of good fuel into the throat of the carburetor and turn the key to start. If your problem is fuel related only, the engine should now try to start, or even run, until the fuel you put in is gone. That would indicate the fuel supply is being stopped in the fuel tank, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump, or carburetor. Some carburetors have a solenoid to stop the fuel supply when the key is off and a malfunction there could also be the problem.

If you would feel more confident have a Sears Home Service technician help assist with the diagnosis/repair, you can call 1-800-469-4663, or click here to be directed to the page to set up service.

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business.  

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
October 30, 2014
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Won't start but engine is turning over. 917255430 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Sorry to hear of the issue you're having with the engine, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.
The problem you described sounds like the float in the carburetor is stuck in the open or down position allowing fuel to continue to flow into the carburetor float bowl and then to the air filter. You will have to remove the float bowl to get at the float itself. 
However, I recommend while you are there you might as well pull the entire carburetor and do a thorough cleaning, paying close attention to the needle/seat area that controls the float and the main fuel jet. I would get a full can of carb cleaner, a wire brush, and a bread tie wire to poke through the main jet, and do a thorough cleaning of the entire carburetor assembly. Once you wire brush the varnish, douse it liberally with carb cleaner. If you have an air compressor, it would help to shoot compressed air through the main jet and any internal passageways of the carburtor, and then douse again with carb cleaner. 
If by chance the carb is excessively varnished and/or the needle appears worn, you may consider performing a carburetor rebuild or replacement. If you need either option, I have provided blue links below that you may click on to be directed to the SearsParts site to view and purchase either or.

Carburetor Rebuild Kit for Model 917255430

Carburetor Assembly for Model 917255430

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 09, 2014
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white smoke and oil from exhust . 917255430 Craftsman Tractor

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I can certainly understand how frustrating it can be when there is white smoke and oil coming out of our tractors exhaust. I did look into the model number you have provided and I have found information. 
White smoke is an indication the engine is burning oil. Check the oil level, if it is overfilled it will burn oil.

Several things can cause a tractor to burn oil. Worn rings or scarred cylinder walls are possible. If the crankcase breather is bad or there is an air leak around the oil fill tube or at the oil drain fitting, the engine will burn oil.

Look around the engine for signs of an oil leak, if it leaks oil it will draw air into the crankcase and burn oil.

The amount of white smoke will be a good indication of the amount of oil the engine is burning. Some smoke when the engine is first cranked is normal. 

You can also visit searpartsdirect.com for parts, diagrams, and repair information.
 
 
If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services.

Thank you for your question. Have a great day. 

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Natasha12 -
Sears Technician
April 29, 2014
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Sears lawn tractor

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Springtime is yard time and if the tractor's get up and go, got up and went, it is time to call in the cavalry. While you wait for the expert response, I did locate two similar questions that may help to get that motor humming again and the grass cut. I attached the links below. I hope these help.

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Barbara H. -
March 31, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

Your Tractor uses an Operator Presence (seat) switch that will cause engine to stall if blades are engaged without anyone on the seat. If ample amount of weight is not kept on the seat during operation or the operator is leaning forward the tractor will stall because the Operator Presence (seat) switch senses that the operator is not completely on the seat. I know you have checked the seat switch but the only thing in the kill circuit after the engagement lever is the seat switch.

To check Operator Presence (seat) switch:

  1. Lift seat.
  2. Locate wires that connect to Operator Presence (seat) switch under the seat.
  3. Disconnect and clean any debris in the switch connector. Use an ohmmeter to check the switch. When the switch is not pushed, the reading should be 0 ohms (closed). When pushed it should read ol ( open load )
  4. Make sure the connector is fully seated on the seat switch. The connector is a special connector that will short the two wires if it is not fully seated.

I hope this is helpful.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Mange my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 02, 2012
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Do you have a wiring diagram for the part I ordered, it is a little different than my old one? It is for a Solenoid item # 146154 for my riding mower 917.255430

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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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Priscilla V -
October 26, 2011
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The solenoid design has changed a little bit since your machine was made, but it's not anything that we can't work around.

I have attached a diagram to assist you with getting this connected. Let me know if your situation is completely different. If that turns out to be the case, let me know the wire colors involved with what's not the same.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 27, 2011
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turn key on rider mower no response has new soleniod, starter,batt.

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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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Alina F. -
October 11, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having this problem with the tractor. First, make sure the engagement lever is down and the brake pedal is fully depressed or the tractor will not attempt to turn over. If you have already done this, I recommend checking the fuse. The fuse is located behind the dash. If the fuse is good, you have a wiring or switch problem. The easiest way to pin point the problem is with a volt meter. If you do not have a meter, you can purchase one relatively cheap.

Turn the meter to check dc volts, and then hold the black lead to the black negative battery terminal for all of the voltage checks. Place the red lead on the positive terminal of the battery. The reading should be 12 volts. If you have a 12 volt reading, move the red lead to the first blue dot in the image. Your reading should be 12 volts. If you have 12 volts, have someone sit on the tractor and hold the brake pedal while turning the key for the rest of the checks. While they have the key turned to the start position, move the red lead to the next blue dot. The reading should always be 12 volts. Then move to the next blue dot. If you lose the 12 volts, the problem is between the last blue dot you had the voltage and where you lost the voltage. If you have 12 volts all the way to the white wire on the solenoid, the solenoid or the starter is defective.

To determine starter or solenoid short the two large posts on the solenoid together with a screwdriver. There should be a spark it is normal. Once shorted the starter should run.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 12, 2011
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