Model #917258914 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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  • Chassis And Enclosures
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  • Ground Drive
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  • Steering Assembly
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  • Engine
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  • Seat Assembly
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  • Lift Assembly
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  • Mower Deck
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  • Decals
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  • Wheels And Tires
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  • Transaxle 218-3010 (71/917)
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  • Pump Bu-10l-122 (71/917)
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Q:

Loss of Drive

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I know how disappointing it is when your unable to complete your lawn maintenance due to your lawn mower not working properly. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached a helpful link below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Yadira B -
November 05, 2012
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I am sorry you are having problems with your tractor. I will try to give you all information needed to fix the tractor. The first question is have you removed the rear wheels. The rear wheels have a square axle key that drive them. I have provided you with an image below showing the placement of the axle key.

If the axle key is in position, the next check to make is if the drive belt is still on. With the tractor on a level surfaced and the engine off look under the tractor at the drive belt. The belt should be free of slack and go around all of the pulleys.

If the belt is fine put the tractor in neutral and try to push it. If you can push the mower, you know the brake is not the problem. If you can not push the tractor the problem is likely a stuck brake. You will need to mover the break lever on the transaxle to see if it is sticking. If it is stuck you should be able to free it up by spraying a little WD-40 on the brake lever. Then work it back and forth.

If your tractor has a hydrostatic transaxle, I recommend you try to purge the air out of the system. The purging instructions can be found in your owner's manual and I have posed them below.

Next check the brake lever on the transaxle. If it has been sitting for a long period of time it might be stuck on. The lever is located on the right side of the tractor inside of the frame. I recommend working the lever back and forth to make sure it is moving freely.

When you are looking under the tractor, have someone move the shifter. When the shifter is moved, you should see the shifter on the transaxle move. If the shifter is properly attached, have someone start the tractor and let out on the brake. Now carefully look under the tractor at the Trans axle drive pulley. The drive pulley should be spinning. If the pulley is spinning, the problem is most likely a defective transaxle.

I hope this helps get the tractor going. If you need further assistance, please reply with the details of what you have found and a model number.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
November 05, 2012
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Thanks... I will try your info that you have provided and let you know if any of them resolve my problem. TKS... D

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Debra -
November 10, 2012
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Q:

What year is my Craftsman lawn tractor model is 917.258914

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The first 6 digits of the serial number are the mo/da/yr of manufacture.

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madgolfer -
May 09, 2012
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I understand knowing the age of the Craftsman tractor is important to you. From what resources I have found that this tractor was possible manufactured in November of 1998. An expert will be along to verify this information. Thanks for your paitience.

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Anna T -
May 09, 2012
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The serial number is illegible. Can you tell me a range of years for the 917.258914?

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Perry -
May 09, 2012
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The manual was printed in 1997, definitely a late '90's body style.

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madgolfer -
May 09, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I will be happy to assist you. I looked up the model number you submitted. According to the parts list you have a 1997 model. To be sure, you will need to know the serial number. Once you have the serial number click on the image below. The image shows how to determine the date code.

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
May 11, 2012
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Q:

i have craftman mower model number 917.258914 when the attachment clutch switch pull out to engage the motor die.

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I understand that your Craftsman mower's clutch is giving you problems. I have taken some time to research your question here on the Manage My Life website and I noticed that someone else had asked a similar question with a posted response from an expert. I attached the link below for you to view. I hope the link that I provided is helpful. Have a nice day.

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Alina F. -
August 18, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. One of two things could is happening. We need to fine out if this is an electrical problem or a load problem. I recommend removing the belt from the clutch first. Then start the tractor and pull out the pto. If the engine does not die the problem is because of the load. Turn the blades by hand and see if it turns smooth. If they turn smooth, reinstall the belt. Now start the tractor again but before turning on the pto run the engine at full speed and pull the choke out a little. Then pull out the pto. If the engine does not die, I recommend cleaning or replacing the carburetor.

If the engine is stalling with the belt off the problem is electrical. I recommend checking the seat switch first. If it is not making good connection, it will kill the engine. If that does not help, you will need a volt ohmmeter to diagnose the problem. Please let me know if you have a meter, I will be happy to assist you in the repair.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 21, 2011
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