Model #917270811 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Lawn tractor model # 917.270811 I ordered a new front axle and when I recieved the part the center hole that the axle pivots on is the wrong size.

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Anna T -
May 16, 2012
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The model number is what is listed on the parts list but the center hole is not the same on the new one, it is bigger than the old one.

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John Wright -
May 16, 2012
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part number is 418168 as listed on the parts list and it is listed as a replacement part but as I said before the center hole is to big. So now what, if you can't get the proper part from the parts list how do we order the proper axle?

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John Wright -
May 17, 2012
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found a different part number 154427 but is says the replacement is 418168 and is a suitable substute?????

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John Wright -
May 17, 2012
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Make sure the axle bearing (pt 154779) and the axle spacer (pt 154780) are both in place. If either of those are not in place the axle will not mount up correctly. The axle does not come with either of the pieces in place as they are separate parts.

If you have the spacer and bearing in place and the problem is still present then I'd have to say that there is something wrong with the part or perhaps a number in the model number was transposed.

Let me know what you find with bearing and spacer on this.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
May 18, 2012
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When I took the axle apart the bolt has a bushing between the bolt and the axle and nothing else, if I make this fit I will need to make another bushing to go between the current bushing and the axle(or replace the existing bushing with one with a thicker wall.

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John Wright -
May 21, 2012
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keys 13 and 65 in the link I've attached below are the parts I was referring to. It may be that the bushing has worn down and you'll need to replace it. I have seen them wear completely down to where there was nothing there at all when I took it apart, save for the bolt.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
May 21, 2012
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I have the same problem.The bushing I.D is fine but the O.D.Is 7/8 and the hole in the new part is 1" .The bushing fits fine in the old axle asm.

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bob -
June 02, 2012
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The plastic bushing stayed in the old axle and was worn through.That was the difference in the dia.

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bob -
June 03, 2012
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I hate to burst your bubbles but John is absolutely correct! The pivot hole IN the middle of the axle IS BIGGER! I am a machinist by trade. The original bushing is NOT warn out. It still fits the old axle and there is NO wear on it. The axle end was just bent. The bushing fits the old hole perfectly and NOT the hole on the new axle! I just bought the new axle replacement and everything is the same EXCEPT for the new axle hole. The hole in the old axle is .885 inches in diameter, the hole in the new axle is 1 inch.

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David -
January 26, 2015
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riding mower model 917.270811 won't start 917270811 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

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

First make sure the Gear shift on the tractor is in neutral position and blade engagement lever or switch is in the off position.

Make sure the brake pedal is pushed down when starting.

Clean any corrosion deposits on the battery terminals making sure you have protective eye glasses and clothing that will not be damaged by the acid in the battery.

If you have jumper cables, I would suggest that you try to jump off the engine. If it starts or turns over quickly the battery is still the issue.

I will go through the proper procedure in using jumper cables for starting your tractor.

If you are using a vehicle to use as a power source please make sure the engine is NOT running when attempting to jump off the tractor.

To get the tractor ready for jumping off the battery, push the clutch foot pedal all the way down and hold it while you lift up on the parking brake lever and then release the clutch foot pedal. This will hold the clutch pedal in the down position.

Lift the seat forward to access the battery.

Take one Red end of the jumper cable and attach it to the red battery terminal on the known good vehicle battery making sure the other end is not touching any metal surface or the tractor. Put the tractor end of the Red jumper cable to the Red or + terminal on the tractor battery. Next put the Black cable on the Black or - terminal on the supply battery and take the other Black end of the jumper cable and clamp it onto the tractor draw bar at the back of the tractor and make sure is making good connection.

With the blade engagement lever in the off position you should at this time be able to turn the key and start the engine on the tractor. As soon as the tractor starts remove the cables in the reverse order. If this does not work or you do not have a set of jumper cables, we can now consider some of the other components to check.

The Red cable that comes from the battery and ends at the start solenoid needs to checked for corrosion and cleaned if any is found. You can also jump across the big Red cabled terminals on the solenoid which will go around the solenoid and eliminate that as cause.

Carefully take a large flat blade screw driver and short across the two large terminals on the solenoid. When you do this, it will arc or spark and the starter should engage and turn the engine over.

If this works check the dc voltage to the solenoid. Have someone try to start the tractor while you check the voltage on the small wires on the solenoid. If you have 12 volts dc the solenoid is defective. if you do not have the needed 12 volts to the solenoid I would suspect a blown fuse or faulty safety switch.

The last possibility is that the starter is bad and is drawing to many amps with bad internal windings and or the motor has dry bearings in the starter motor.

There could be other electrical wiring issues with in the tractor but I think we covered the most likely possible causes.

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 03, 2014
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riding lawnmower pump repair kit different than old one

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I understand your concern toward wanting to make sure you are getting the correct parts for your applaince to make sure the parts will fit just right. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link in where you can enter your model number and a parts list diagram will pop up. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
May 02, 2011
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I am assuming you are working on the carburetor.

You have probably received the wrong part. You should get the model number off the engine. Our information shows the model you sent has engine model 42E707-2631-E1.

Go to Parts Direct and enter the model number of the engine. Get the part number of the carburetor overhaul kit and see if that is what you have.

Look in the instruction sheet that came with the kit and see if it tells you how to adapt the new body.

If you need help, you can call Sears Parts direct at 1-800-252-1698.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 03, 2011
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