Model #917256711 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Steering needs help 917256711 Craftsman Tractor

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Julio -
May 11, 2013
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Hi,

 Thanks for contacting ManageMyLife. I understand how frustrating it is having trouble with your appliance not working.

You need to remove the deck from the tractor. Lift the front end so that you can slide underneath and work.

Underneath the sector gear and steering shaft bearing block is a bolt holding the steering shaft in place, remove it.

Pull the steering wheel up and the steering shaft will lift out of the bearing block.

Remove the e-rings holding the pittman shaft to the sector gear and remove the steering link. It should come apart now.

 

Please feel free to let me know if you need further assistance. We are always here to help.

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Bill__W -
Sears Technician
May 13, 2013
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Whenever I disengage the trans on my 917.256711 Craftsman Lawnmower using the feewheel lever the trans does not work when I reengage the freewheel lever

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I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your tractor and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. I hope this helps with your tractor troubles while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
August 25, 2012
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I read the hot link and it seems like I am having a similiar problem. However, my bypass lever/valve seems to be in a different location (if I am looking at the correct lever). My bypass lever is on the left side of the transmission hub (facing forward) and is horizontal, not on the side of the transmission as show in the photographs. Does the freewheel lever connect directly to the bypass lever/valve. This will tell me if I am looking at the correct valve.

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shibafu -
August 25, 2012
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Thank you for your question.



I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I think you are use the bypass correctly. The bypass rod sticks out the back of the tractor. On the other end of the rod, there is a spring. The spring connects the rod to the bypass lever. If the lever is not moving smoothly, it could be hang up causing the problem. With the tractor parked on a level surface and the engine off reach under feel the lever. The lever should move smoothly. Most are spring loaded and will move back to the drive position. If it seems sticky, you can try to free it up with WD-40.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 27, 2012
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Thanks Mark T, I now feel confident that I am looking at and working with the bypass lever. As I move the control rod, the lever moves forward and backward with ease. Just to make sure I clean the area and sprayed some WD-40 on the lever and shaft. It doesn't seem to have changed things much though. Moving the control rod doesn't seem to be any easier, but a least I know that's not the problem. Still if I put the transmission in "freewhelling" mode, and then re-engage the transmission and start the engine the tractor will not move initially regardless of what speed/gear I use. However, eventually the transmission will begin to operate. At first the high speed setting will move the tractor as if it is in low speed, but eventually the high speed runs like high speed and low speed runs like low speed. It is almost as if the pressure in the transmission has to build up after the bypass valve has allow the pressure to vent. I don't hear any noises or see any leaks. Could it be that putting the bypass valve into "freewheeling" introduces air into the system and the transmission requires purging afterwards? Obviously, I am guessing at what's happening, but this is what it seems like to me.

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shibafu -
August 28, 2012
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shibafu, It is possible that the fluid is leaking out of the motor when it is in the bypass. This is all internal and will not cause any problems. If you want, you can purge the air before you return to normal operation. The image below shows how to purge the transaxle. Please let me know if this helps.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 28, 2012
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Hello Mark T, I do not quite understand what you mean when you say "the fluid is leaking out of the motoer when it is in the bypass", but I think purging the air out of the transaxle is exactly what is required. I think I will not use the "free wheel" feature anymore. If and when you have some spare time, I would appreciate an explanation on what you mean when in the statement above.

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shibafu -
September 05, 2012
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shibafu ,

The transaxle has an internal hydraulic motor that is full of fluid. When you put the transaxle in bypass, it opens a valve to the motor to allow it to turn. The valve allows the fluid to leak past the motor. When you push the tractor, the motor turns and could suck air into the system. If this happens, it will take some time for the air to work out of the motor and drive normally. To lessen the time it takes to operate normally you can purge the transaxle before returning the bypass lever to drive.



I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details.

Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 06, 2012
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Mark, Thank you for the explanation. From your description of the problem and operation I am confident that is exactly the problem I was experiencing. I will exercise more caution and be sure to purge the transaxle the next time I have to utilize the "freewheel" function. My first plan of attack will be to NOT use the freewheel function, except in emergency situations. You can consider this case successfully closed. Thank you.

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shibafu -
September 06, 2012
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riding mower model number 917256711

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I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your repairs and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. I hope this helps with your project while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
August 28, 2012
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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. First, disconnect the battery. The remove the hood and set it aside. Next, remove the bolts securing the blower housing to the top of the engine. Remove the housing and set it aside. Now you should be able to see the starter. To remove the starter, take the wire off first. Then locate and loosen the mounting nuts. On some models, the flywheel has to be removed to access the nuts. If you have this style, you will need a puller to remove the flywheel. Once the mounting nuts are removed, the starter should come out. Then reverse these steps to install the new starter.



I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 29, 2012
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