Model #917255540 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Craftsman Lawn Tractor Model 917.255540 purchased in 1989

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Alina F. -
June 02, 2011
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I have attached a drawing of the brakes and how the springs and linkage should be set up on the transmission itself.

The brake rod from the pedal back to the transmission just stick through the hole in the actuator arm. If everything is in proper order and adjusted correctly the linkage will not come out of the hole, in theory. In reality, sometimes the linkage is going to come out anyway. To combat this I have always drilled a small hole through the linkage about 1/4 inch from the end and put a pin through it to keep the linkage from pulling out of the actuator.

Oddly enough the belt can come into play on this. If the belt is too long from being stretched or the wrong size it will cause the pedal to come back too far and the linkage gets pulled out. That's something to consider if it keeps pulling out.

If you have any further questions please let me know.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 03, 2011
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Wade B. Much appreciated; I had a feeling it had to be a connection similar to what you described, but so many of the pieces were missing so I couldn't be sure. My problem started with the motion belt breaking; possibly that failure caused some of the brake rod issues?? I also like your suggestion to drill the hole and use a cotter pin. In my case, the hole in the actuator arm is a little oblong rather than round. So the hole/pin might be a must? Thanks, again

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Frank -
June 03, 2011
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If the hole is oblong (slotted) then I would drill the hole across the end of the link instead of up/down. You can even get a flat washer to put on the end of the link between the cotter pin and the actuator to lessen any stress on the cotter pin. Though, that really should be very little stress there. With the motion belt breaking that may very well be what got the whole thing started with this problem showing up. A new belt should solve that though, I can't see anything that would have become "bent" in the process and caused this to happen. It could just be simple wear and tear though. Anywhere along the break system linkage where it pivots is subject to wear down and get some slack in it and slack will allow this problem to occur.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 06, 2011
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Will snow thrower attachment 842.240723 fit my riding mower 917.255540?

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Wondering if another attachment fit your Snow Thrower is a great question, A suggestion I have while you are waiting on an expert to answer your question. You can visit Sears Parts Direct website. I attached the link below. Hope this helps! www.searspartsdirect.com

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Dezeray S -
November 09, 2010
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I have looked on searspartsdirect and it doesn't show me if it will fit my tractor or not....unless I'm missing something? Which is entirely possible :)

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SplashRI -
November 09, 2010
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Thank you for your question.

I have checked the two model number you have submitted and I think they are compatible but due to the age of them, I can not be sure. Our books do not go back that far. I would ask if you can test fit it to your tractor before you purchase the blower. I do want to tell you the manufacture of this snow blower is out of business. Most of the parts are no longer available. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
November 09, 2010
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I have a Craftsman lawn tractor model 917.255540. Will model 842.240510 snow thrower fit this tractor? Thanks

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The new fit up manual calls for a 486.24838 snow thrower with a 24831 kit for your tractor. The old manuals call for a 842.24053 snow thrower. The 24051 shows to be a 40 inch snow thrower and the 24053 shows to be a 42 inch snow thrower.

I feel sure the 240510 snow thrower will fit your tractor and work fine. The way to be sure is to lay the installation brackets out and see if they will fit on your tractor.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
December 23, 2009

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