Model #917258540 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

How do I change the mower deck belt? 917258540 Craftsman Tractor

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com. I regret to hear that you are having issues with your mower and do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. Im looking at your model number 917258540. I have included a video that will help you . If you have further questions please let me know.
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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
November 25, 2013
Q:

How do I change the transmission fluid on my tractor?

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To drain the transmission fluid on that machine, the transmission has to be removed and flipped over. Generally it's not something you should have to do unless you've had a leak. If you just need to add oil, there is an oil plug on the top front left side of the transmission. It will still be pretty hard to get to without taking the transmission off the tractor.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 16, 2009
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What type of oil do I use--?

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TRUSCAPE -
October 04, 2011
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Why does my lawn tractor engine shut off when I release the brake/clutch?

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Your approach of eliminating components is a good one but you will need to hook your seat switch back up and start the testing on the other safety switches to find the problem.

I referred to your Manage My Home profile and see that you have a model 917.258540 lawn tractor. On that model, you could start the engine regardless of a seat switch problem provided the blades were not turned on and the brake/clutch pedal was down.

Also, bypassing the seat switch on this model will not work even for testing purposes. Due to the potential for injury if the blades were running with no operator present, the seat safety system has a secondary circuit specifically to prevent bypassing from working.

To eliminate the other components, start with the brake/clutch switch. It appears to be working, since the engine starts with the pedal down and releasing the pedal does produce a change in operation.

Next check the blade engagement switch, sometimes called a PTO or Attachment switch, to see if it is working. This switch has 2 white wires and 4 black wires going to it. In one position, the white wires connect to each other and the 2 sets of black wires make no connection. In the other position the 4 black wires all connect but the white wires should not connect to each other anymore. If that is not the case, the switch has failed.

If the attachment switch tests okay, you are left with the seat switch. As I said, it is difficult to test but if there is no problem with the connector or the wires going to it, and the brake/clutch and attachment switches tested okay, then it is really the only safety switch left that would be causing your problem.

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expert -
Sears Technician
July 20, 2007
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hey Thanks for someone getting back. Our unit is a Sears model #917 272 912 and as stated replaced the clutch kill switch. The seat switch works as it was not disconnetced, the blade engagement switch should work, but I had removed to mower deck to clean and replace blades. I thought the tractor should still run without the deck. The blade engagement lever was in down or not engaged position. Why does the tarctor lock up while running and clutch depressed(I asked for help in moving the tractor and couldn't even while in neutral. It rolled freely once the engine quit and the clutch was released....why then??? what's locking the unit up? Any ideas. Would greatly appreciate any advice.

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nopdam -
June 16, 2011
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