Model #917258565 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Arm brake missing pad 917258565 Craftsman Tractor

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Thank you for your question.
 
I am sorry you are having a problem with the replacement part. I posted an image below that shows the brake arm and the pad. If yours is missing the brake pad you will need to have the part exchanged. Just call the folks at searspartsdirect and they will handle the replacement. 

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.
 
Thank you for using Manage my life.
Mark. 

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 30, 2013
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I do not see the image.

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kirkj12 -
August 30, 2013
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I am sorry you are having a problem with the image. I suspect you are viewing this question on our partsdirect website. For some reason we are having problems with the images not transferring. To see the image, just paste the following address in your browser. http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/358216-arm-brake-missing-pad-917258565-craftsman-tractor Once on the Manage my life site, you will be able to see the image posted. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 31, 2013
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14 year old Craftsman tractor #917258565: Unit works fine with one exception, the steering is off. When I try to turn 1/4 of turn either way, nothing happens.

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Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on Craftsman Tractors. I'm sorry about the difficulties your having with your steering problem. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that I hope will help until your expert can answer your specific question. I attached the link below.

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James -
July 20, 2011
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The steering assembly has some worn out bushing and it's very likely caused the steering shaft gear and the sector gear to wear down since the steering does not turn the tractor now. There are 2 different approaches to alleviate this problem.

If you replace the whole steering assembly (pt number 167902) it will be about a 30min to 1 hour fix and everything involved with the steering assembly is new. If you replace just the worn out parts it will be about an hour and a half to 2 hours to make the repair and you will likely end up replacing almost all of the parts that are included on the steering assembly.

Honestly, replacing the steering assembly as a whole is the way to go. It's a little bit pricey (about $85) but the assembly has been redesigned since your tractor was new and there have been some improvements to the way it's set up. I haven't rebuilt a steering assembly in a long time because it's just not that economical overall.

If you do decide to rebuild the steering assembly, take the assembly out of the tractor before you try it. Attempting to rebuild it while it's still on the tractor will just cause extra stress in your life.

To remove the steering assembly, take the drag link off from the pitman arm (under the frame). Then remove the steering wheel and the plastic cover between the dash and steering wheel. You should see a bolt on joint from the upper and lower steering shaft; take that off as well. Next remove the battery and tray. Then remove the 4 bolts holding the steering assembly onto the tractor and take the steering assembly out of the tractor.

If you get a new steering assembly, just set it in place and reverse the removal directions. If you are going to repair the assembly, leave it assembled and notice everything that has slack and appears to be worn. Then go HERE and pick the parts you need from the steering page and order them. If you order a new assembly it can be ordered from the same link.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
July 22, 2011
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