Model #917271040 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Engine runs on starter fluid 917271040 Craftsman Tractor

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com and being a valued member. It is unfortunate to hear that you are having issues with your lawn tractor and I do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. I'm looking at your model number 917271040 and I recommend checking the engine for spark first. To check for spark remove the spark plug. Then connect the spark plug to the spark plug wire. Now you will need to hold the base of the spark plug to a clean metal surface with insulated pliers. Once you have the spark plug in position have a helper turn the engine over. You should see a blue spark from the spark plug. If you do not have spark, remove the kill wire from the module. Then check for spark again. If there is no spark, the module is defective. It can also be an issue with the fuel or the compression. The first thing I would do is remove the fuel filter and pour a few teaspoons for fuel into the throat of the carburetor. Then try to start the engine. If the engine starts and stalls the problem is in the fuel supply or carburetor. Usually the carburetor needs to be cleaned because it has been sitting. Once the carburetor is cleaned, fill the tank with fresh fuel and check the operation. If the engine does not try to start with pouring gas into the carburetor the problem could be with compression. To check the compression you need to remove the spark plug. Then tuck the spark plug wire out of the way. Put your finger over the spark plug hole to seal it. The compression should blow past your finger. If it does not the engine has an internal problem. I trust this information will help you. Here is a link that will help with cleaning the carburetor. 

 

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
October 27, 2014
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Craftman lawn mower

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Make sure you have the blades disengaged as this will keep the engine from starting. If the blade lever is down and the fuse is good then there likely something going on with a safety switch. I have attached a diagram to help you diagnose a no start situation.

Let me know what you find.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
October 21, 2013
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How do you get offaxle cap and wheel to change a tire 917271040 Craftsman Tractor

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Joseph P. -
April 20, 2013
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Joseph P. -
April 20, 2013
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I typically will grab the axle cap with pliers and work it off. If the cap is really stiff from age/dry rot you can use a screwdriver to assist in prying it off. Once the cap is removed there will be a C-clip holding the wheel on. Use a flat head screwdriver to push the clip off. Use pliers to put the clip back when you're done.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
April 22, 2013
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