Model #917270660 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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riding mower repair

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I completely understand your need for some type of instructions on how to properly replace the steering sector of your riding mower. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the unit. At this time, I was unable to locate information that would be helpful in regards to your question. Some of these questions that are asked will need specific research and will be answered by an expert with-in two business days but usually sooner.

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Julio -
July 12, 2013
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The best (and easiest) way of dealing with this is to remove the whole steering assembly from the tractor. There should be 4 bolts that hold the main bracket (key 25 in the drawing) onto the tractor. Once the steering unit is removed, you can see the screw on the shaft end that will allow it to be removed.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 13, 2013
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Wade. thanks. i took the screw out a couple of days ago. then I found the very hard to see clip that is on the shaft on the other side of the sector gear. Finally got that off. Now I'm trying to slip the gear off the shaft, but it doesn't seem to come apart far enough. So, per your suggestion, I guess I'll have to get under it and take those four bracket bolts out. I was trying to avoid that because i've got some real sciatica issues. That's why I only put an hour or so into it then stop for the day. LOL. If I wasn't semi-retired and broken down, I could probably afford to just have a technician come do this.

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Jack -
July 13, 2013
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If there is a way to do this from above, it would be far less painful for me. But in any case, I appreciate the help. BIG thank you. Jack PS. Parts direct person told me "These parts will be delivered with directions for the simplest way to easily remove the parts and replace them." not

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Jack -
July 13, 2013
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There really isn't a way to do this from above. I can't tell you how many times I said that to myself over the years. Right before they quit making the steering systems like this, they were a little better in that we quit rebuilding them and just started taking the whole unit out and putting a whole new unit it.

If your steering unit is held in from screws coming in from the top, when you go back with it, screw them in from underneath as it's actually a little easier to deal with putting the screws in from the bottom.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 13, 2013
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No, they are installed from under the bed. So I'll just get on the floor and get it over with. Thanks again.

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Jack -
July 13, 2013
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Hello again Wade. I have been lying on the concrete floor for about an hour now just trying to disconnect the drag link. I'm disconnecting, or trying to, the end that is closest to the steering gear. Not sure why it must be disconnected, but everyone, including you says that is the first step. Now, would it be sufficient to disconnect it from the other end? I've been turning that 9/16" nut, holding the 1/2" ball nut, and I have to say that after about 90 or 150 turns with a ratchet, it doesn't seem to be coming off. It turns easier now, but that nut isn't coming off. Looking at the other end of the link, it looks simple enough to just hold the 1/2" hex and spin the nut off. This was a new tractor, 14 years ago, and this drag link has never been off. I doubt it is stripped. But I'm about out of energy and patience. Any ideas?

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Jack -
July 16, 2013
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Wow - lots of strange characters showed up in that message. I am trying to disconnect the drag link. 9/16 nut, 1/2 inch hex on the ball joint. This message system doesn't link apostrophe. I'm sorry to bother you again.

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Jack -
July 16, 2013
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You're not bothering me at all. And yes, the system doesn't like the characters from certain browsers.

I know that the nut on the drag link always seems to take forever to get it off. I recommend you take it off at the pitman arm because it's easier to work with everything that way. If you want to try taking it off at the other end, you can give it a shot. I've never once (in 20 years of doing this) tried to do it from the other end. Never occurred to me, but usually when I'm doing this, I'm replacing the whole assembly so it has to come off anyway. Now I want to try it. haha. Thanks.

I have a very then 1/2" that made on a grinder to get on the back up part. A normal sized (thickness) Craftsman 1/2 will usually not get on the hex and hold it. I wonder if that's not what's going on with yours. The half feels like it's in place but it's not on the hex.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 18, 2013
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That is exactly what was happening. So I dug around and found an old flat 1/2" wrench that probably came from a sale table in the Ace hardware 30 years ago. Worked perfectly. Finally got it all disassembled. I am happy to report that it took only about a half hour to completely reassemble it. Got my back yard cut and didn't run into any trees. A penny saved...... It ctually took longer to clean sand put all the tools away. A rum and coke put me right with the world.

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Jack -
July 19, 2013
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wont shift 917270660 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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The spring that disengages the transmission so you can push the tractor, broke off. I was able to stretch it just a bit and reconnect it. Is it possible that it is holding that switch in the wrong position? Not sure how to troubleshoot that. Also, if the drive belt comes off, would it still be so hard to push? This may be something simple but I'm not bright enough to figure it out without some help. Thanks!

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Jack -
June 02, 2015
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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the shifting issue you're having with the tractor. I know how frustrating that is. 

The most likely cause would be a bind in the shifting linkage to the transaxle. When you move the shift lever into forward and reverse, does it actuate the control arm on the transmission? I would inspect the linkage and connection to the transaxle to see if there is a bind. It may need to be lubricated with light oil to free it up if it's sticking. 

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 03, 2015
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Thanks Jeff. I'm heading back out to work on it now. Funny that the spring broke off and the shifting problem occurred simultaneously. Thought they had to be related. We just got it out of the shop a month ago for a new steering gear, ignition switch, etc. Stuff I could have done myself if I had the time. Now I have the time, so I'm hoping to get this back up today.

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Jack -
June 05, 2015
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Ignition coil for 917270660 model tractor 917270660 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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Thank you for contacting SearsPartsDirect.com with your question about your Craftsman Lawn Tractor model 917270660. I am so sorry the ignition coil needs to be replaced. I know how frustrating it must be when you know what part you need, but can't find it.  I will be happy to help you with this. I have included the blue link below for you to view the owner's manual online. This will be helpful because the manual has the parts diagrams and parts lists, including those for the engine. 


Your tractor has a Briggs & Stratton engine model number 28U707-1174-E1. Because the ignition coil is part of the engine, it is listed under the engine model number. In this case the manufacturer is calling the part an armature, magneto. The part number was 495859, but the manufacturer has replaced the part with part number 492341. It may look a little different, but will fit and function the same. I have included the blue link below to order the part.

When you replace the ignition coil it is a good idea to replace the spark plug also. Other parts that may have failed from numerous attempts to start the engine are the solenoid and the ignition switch. I have included the links for those parts as well, in case you need them.
 
 I hope this answers your question. If you need further assistance, please resubmit your question with additional details. Thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business. 

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Rachel Morgan -
Sears Technician
May 27, 2014

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