Model #917255961 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Craftsman 917.255961 Garden Tractor with 48" Dozer Blade

A:

Thank you for your question. I am sorry for the problem with your 917.255961 tractor and 486.244121 blade.  I believe what you need is the Hitch Plate 23652.  You will need 2, one for each side. 

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
November 18, 2013
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Lawn tractor steering problems

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It sounds like you have done a lot of diagnosing and know what needs to be done. The expert will probably be able to provide just what you are looking for soon. If down the road you feel like you need a technician to repair, an option is to visit Sears Home Services to schedule. I attached the link below.

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Barbara H. -
July 29, 2010
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If you're pretty handy, then we're going to get this fixed. As difficult as this may look to fix, it's really not that bad. A little bit tedious maybe, but not hard. Let's get started.

If you have a way to lift the front of the tractor up it will help out a lot. If you have to put it on jackstands make sure you get it secured on them correctly. I don't want you putting yourself in a position where you may get hurt. I normally is a come-along across one of the supports in my shop or on a solid tree limb (depending on the weather).

With the front end raised take the 2 back deck hangers off and let the deck hang down by its front hangers. (by the way, that 44 inch deck is a classic and one of the best we ever had) Now take the steering wheel off. There will be a plastic bushing down the steering shaft, take it loose and slide it up the shaft and off. If it's not broke, hold onto it so we can use it again. Take the C-clips loose from the steering shaft. They're down in the area of that brass bushing that's worn out. There will be 2 clips down there. Upper and lower. With them out, the shaft will slide down. There are some really thin washers on the shaft, don't let them get away from you as we'll need them.

Once the shaft is out, take a punch and your favorite hammer and peck the old brass bushing out of the support. The hole that the bushing was in is what we're most interested in. If that hole is anything less than perfectly round a new bushing is going to wear out pretty fast. If it's worn, I'd recommend we go ahead and replace the support. If you have to replace the support, it will come with a new brass bushing already installed on it.

If the support is good and just the bushing needs to be replaced this is going to be a pretty quick fix. Take the bushing and set it on top of the hole where it goes. Gently peck it down to where it will stay. Then take a block of wood or a brass punch and set on top if the new brass bushing and drive the new bushing in. If you have trouble getting in there to do that (and you more than likely will) slide the old steering shaft in upside down from the top and use it as a long punch. Drive the new bushing in place.

Everything will go back into place in the reverse or it came out. Be mindfull to remember the thin washers we made sure to not lose when taking the shaft out. It will need them in place or there will be slack. If you replace the steering shaft (and I would if worn any) you may need to use some fine sand paper to work some of the paint off to get it to slide through the new bushing we just installed. I usually will lightly sand the shaft with some emery cloth and then put some marvel oil on the shaft to help slide it back in place.

That should get you back turning again. If I missed anything or lost you don't hesitate to let me know about it. This isn't nearly as hard of a fix as it looks and I have no doubt that you can do it.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
July 30, 2010
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On my mower the spindle assembly on the right side just slips and doesnt turn the wheel. I wonder if is just tat plastic collar or "bearing" as they call it. part 3366R

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syrral -
August 23, 2010
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I just bought a 1993 18 hp Craftsman Garden Tractor,replacing my 1985. This tractor will not turn to the right as sharp as left. It turns left like a zero turn mower. I noticed it had a bolt on the end of the drag link where the ball joint was. I replaced the drag link and still have the same problem, When I jack the tractor up from the I beam I can turn it equally both ways. The other problem I am having with my "new" tractor is the throttle won't increase rpm's until I push it about a 1/2 inch,then it revs. real high. When I back it down it goes way back down.It's hard to regulate.Once I find the right spot it's ok.

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Jay -
October 24, 2012
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