Model #917259290 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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II understand that your lawn tractor stopped moving. 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 if you are interested in viewing. I hope the link that I provided is helpful.

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Alina F. -
May 14, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

This spring can be a little bit tricky to install but I think I can walk you through what I do that works pretty good. Look under the tractor and find the clutch rod. You should be able to see the wear mark caused by the old spring. Connect one end of that spring to that hole. Then you will need a piece of good solid string (like string from a lawnmower pull cord) and a screwdriver. This works best if you can securely raise the front of the tractor a little bit, but it can still be accomplished if you can't. Put one end of the spring on the idler bracket and let it hang there for now. If the hood is not off of the tractor, take it off. On the front face of the tractor frame on the right side there should be a few holes. Feed the string through one of those holes, then over the top of the axle and back to the spring. Tie the string onto the spring. On the other end of the string tie a loop in it that's big enough to get your foot in. Put your foot in the loop and then push down with your leg. This will stretch the spring towards the front of the tractor. You should notice a slot on the top side of the frame beside the front of the engine. It will have some signs of wear from where the spring was in there before. Use the screwdriver to guide the hook of the spring into that slot and then let up on the rope. The spring should hook right into that slot and then you just need to untie/cut the rope from the spring and you're done. If you have any further questions, please let me know. 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
May 16, 2011
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Q:

How do I attach a clutch return spring on a Craftsman Lawn Tractor Model 917.259290?

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There is a tab on the clutch/brake shaft with a hole in it for the spring to attach. Attach the spring to the tab. Pull the spring toward the rear of the tractor in a fairly straight line and look for what the other end connects to. It will be within an inch or 2 of where the end of the spring is.

Where the old spring was connected the paint will be worn off and it is usually pretty obvious where the spring goes.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
July 30, 2009
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Is flywheel bolt reverse threaded?

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The flywheel bolt/nut is standard type thread (right tight, left loose).

To remove the bolt, I highly recommend using an impact wrench. If you do not have access to one, it can be a bit of a bear. There are a few tool companies that make a flywheel holder, trying to find one is not all the time the easiest of things to accomplish. If you choose to buy one, I would say shop around online because it's almost always going to be cheaper and way easier to find one. I have used a nylon strap (like a tow strap) to hold the flywheel when I had to do it that way. So really, anything that will keep the flywheel from turning will generally work.

I still recommend using an impact wrench just because it's way easier than strapping the flywheel and using a regular socket/ratchet.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
April 30, 2009

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