Model #917256544 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

disingaging cutting blades 917256544 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com, and for being a valued member. 

I am sorry to hear of the binding on the disengagement of the blades. I know how frustrating that can be to have happen.

The blade engagement is controlled by a series of pivoting rods when the lever is moved. It could be that the pivots may need to be doused with some penetrating oil to loosen them up, or there could be a rod that’s slightly bent. I would recommend gaining access to the rods and move the lever and inspect them while they are pivoting to see if they are jamming up or need lubrication. That would be the best way to identify the source of the issue and correct it. Penetrating oil can be picked up at most automotive shops or hardware stores if you don’t have any on hand. It’s a good thing to do with moving parts as part of your maintenance schedule.

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
September 24, 2014
Q:

steering is tighter on one side 917.256544

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Dezeray -
March 11, 2013
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Hello Nathan,

 

I am sorry to see that your steering is not equal and I would like to assist you.  The type of mower that you have was originally designed to turn sharper to the left than to the right.  I would like to know approximately how much of a difference you are experiencing and I can advise you from there.  One thing that can occur is wear to the steering components.  Take a look at the image that is attached at the end of this reply.  It is of the steering sector and I have highlighted certain components that can cause issues.  The steering shaft with the pinion gear needs to be looked at closely, if the teeth on the pinion are pointed instead of flat, it is time to replace it, this denotes wear and excessive play in the steering.  If that is the case, be sure to check for excessive play in the shaft support too.  Another issue is if there has been any damage from a hard impact to the front end, this can cause a change in the geometry of the steering.

 

Please let me know what you find and if you have any more details and I will be happy to assist you further.

 

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
March 13, 2013
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Jerry, Thanks for responding to my question. I will take a look at the steering. Only thing is I dont think that attatchment of the image came thru went you sent it. I cant see it anywhere. If you could try to send the picture again Ill take a look at it so I dont tear more apart then I have to. Again Thank You for your time. Nathan

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NATHAN -
March 14, 2013
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Hello Nathan

Follow this link to view this question thread in it's original website URL. You will be able to see any links or images posted to this thread from there.

Just in case the link does not work, here is the actual link that you can copy and paste into your web browser: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/337741-steering-tighter-side-917256544

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
March 14, 2013
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Jerry, You were a great help with the steering. I ordered a new part for it. I have a brain buster for you tho. I found an old roper 10hp lawn tractor in my woods and i pulled it out. I would like to restore it. But i cant find anything on it. I tried every where online. Model # L0239BR. I heard sears might of made it back in the day. Thats the model number off the plate with the serial number 3190S001021. Can you help

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NATHAN -
March 22, 2013
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I tried to look up the Roper model number but it did not come up for me. I recommend searching Google for Roper tractor images. Then look through the images and find a tractor close to yours. Then click on the image to see if you can find a model number or any other information. We did sell the Sears Roper tractors way back. You can also post an image of the tractor and any details about the tractor. I should be able to find something for you. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
March 25, 2013
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Q:

will a dana transaxle model number 4360-128 replace a transaxle model number 930-057A on a lawn mower model number 917256544?

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Replacing parts on a mower can be pretty difficult, I understand why you want to check with an expert about replacing the transaxle. 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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Yadira B -
August 16, 2012
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I know that it is important to have the right parts for your lawn mower. However, the Dana transaxle is not compatible with this model. The two transaxles are very different from each other, and the tractor is not design to work with the one. I would suggest that you order the craftsman transaxle for this model. I hope this helps. If you need further assistance, please reply to this thread. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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AnneJ -
Sears Technician
August 17, 2012
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