Model #917271053 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

How & where to connect cluth cable P/N 169676 to deck idler pulley on Craftsman Riding mower Model# 917.271053 (item no. 152 on Deck diagram )

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I understand how difficult it can be working the mower. I have done some research on the Manage My Life website and have located a link similar to you question. While you are waiting for a detailed reply from an expert I have provided the link below. Hope this helps!

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Priscilla V -
June 07, 2012
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Priscilla V. posted a link for a previous answer that should help you connect that clutch cable. I added the instruction sheet for installing that clutch cable in the image below. That information should help you complete that repair. If you need more assistance, let us know.

If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician examine the tractor and install that cable, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
June 09, 2012
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Is there some way to tighten or adjust pulleys to keep the drive belt from falling off when shifting g

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You are on the right track in assuming the belt is too loose. After time the belt loses material and starts to stretch. Engaging the clutch changes the load on the belt, so if the belt has stretched too much this could cause it to come off.

Another possibility is a problem with one of the belt keepers. Those are the assemblies that look like heavy wire bent to fit around the belt and pulley. They help guide the belt to the correct position on the pulley and if one where bent or broken the belt would be more prone to coming off. This could still be related to a worn belt as the added free play in a worn belt allows more contact with the keepers than intended. The added contact could bend the keepers and each time the belt comes off there is the chance one of the keepers could be bent further still or even broken.

Unfortunately, there is no manual adjustment for belt tension. The belt tension is controlled by springs on the idler pulleys. So, unless you have a damaged spring or pulley, the fix is most likely going to be a replacement belt. It is recommended that the belts be checked, and replaced if needed, at 100 hours of use so it sounds like the belt did pretty well.

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expert -
Sears Technician
July 25, 2007
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I have the same problem for about 8 years now. I've replaced the belt many times and it still happens again. Is there somewhere to get a belt with less length than the Original Belt size?

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Ray Ahearn -
April 26, 2011
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Mine always comes off at the back pulley and when I push on the brake/clutch.

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Ray Ahearn -
April 26, 2011
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Model # 917.271053 starts fine, runs, warms up, dies, and then won't start again until it cools. Why?

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The issue seems to be related to time of running or heat generated during running.

If it is related to time it is likely a fuel restriction of some kind, usually poor venting on the fuel tank or poor flow through a partly plugged fuel filter. The engine is burning fuel faster than the delivery can supply it and it eventually runs out. After sitting for a while, enough fuel makes it through for the engine to start and run for some time again.

A heat issue might be an electrical component shorting due to heat expansion. The most common is an ignition coil with a break in the internal windings. When cold the current can jump the break but as the windings expand due to heat the gap becomes too large to jump and the coil stops producing a spark.

The simplest way to figure out the issue will be to do some testing the next time the unit stops. If you find you have no spark right after the unit stops you likely have a coil or ignition wiring issue.

If you have spark, try removing the fuel cap to vent the tank and see if the unit restarts.

If not, try manually adding some fuel into the cylinder or intake and see if it starts. If so you have some form of fuel restriction, though not likely at the tank vent since removing the cap did not help.

If the unit still does not start when hot even though you have spark and add fuel then you might have some mechanical issue in the engine that is heat related. That engine should have hydraulic adjust valves so valve setting should not be the issue, but it still could be low compression due to a valve or piston problem. Or possibly a dragging bearing is creating too much resistance once hot.

The links below have additional information that might help further including techniques for testing spark and compression and priming with fuel.

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HVAC & Fireplace Bucket -
Sears Technician
July 22, 2008

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