Model #917257551 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Brake and steering 917257551 Craftsman Improved rocker arm and pivot-lawn tractors

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oil filter 917257551 Craftsman Improved rocker arm and pivot-lawn tractors

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Henry -
April 25, 2013
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Thanks for the inquiry about your tractor model 917257551, I will be glad to assist you. Here are the part numbers you requested: Oil filter: 12-050-01Fuel bowl gasket: 12-041-05Bowl retainer screw gasket: 12-041-06Reference engine number: CV14S-PS1451All parts available at Sears Parts Direct  Ron H.

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Ron H -
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April 26, 2013
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I have a Craftsman lawn tractor 917.257551. I can not get the key out of the rear axle to remove the rim. I appears stuck. How do I get the rim off now?

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The rear wheels rust on the axles if they are not removed occasionally. The key does not have to be removed to remove the wheel. Remove the hub cap, the c-ring, and the washers. Clean the axle with some sandcloth and spray rust buster between the wheel and axle as well as you can. Tap the wheel hub with a hammer to help the rust buster penetrate.

You might have to spray rust buster and tap the wheel several times to break the rust inside the wheel loose.

If you can remove the key, you can turn the wheel on the axle and break it loose easier. If there is enough of the key sticking through the wheel to catch it with a pair of large side cutters, you can use the wheel for a fulcrum and pry the key out.

The key is about 2 inches long so if you damage one end you can cut the key off and reuse it.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2010
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Thank you for responding. I don't think it is a rust issue. The rim moves freely in and out, about an inch. It stops dead when the rim becomes flush with the tip of the axle. I have tapped (and hit pretty hard) the backside with a hammer and also tried a gear puller with no success. I pulled on the rim so hard with the puller that I could see the outside of the rim start bending. The only thing I could think was that the key has become lodged in there and the backside of the rim is hitting it when I pull causing it to stop in the same place each time. Would drilling the key out be an option?

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Dutchlap -
May 29, 2010
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Dutchlap, I have the same issue. The tire is no longer rusted to the axle, but it stops once it is flush with the tip of the axle. Did you find a way to get the tire off?

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TB -
July 14, 2011
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FYI, I got them off. The pounding to the end of the axle I did to unlock the rust flared the tip of the axle preventing the tire form coming off. Nothing that a dremil could'nt fix. Thanks anyway.

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TB -
July 19, 2011
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