Model #917271140 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Attach spring 140475 Craftsman Mower deck

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I will be more than happy to help with your lawn tractor. Upon researching model 917271140; I linked the diagram below. The spring hooks to key number 142 on the diagram.

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Jeff Wallace Jr -
Sears Technician
November 26, 2014
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How do I replace a lift shaft assembly (p/n 159471) on a Sears Craftsman Lawn Tractor #917.272860?

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There are always rocks, tree limbs and hidden underground objects just waiting for the riding tractor to roll over. It sounds like you are pretty handy to take this project on. While you wait for the expert to review your model, you can check two previous expert posts with instructions that may help. I attached the link below. Hope this helps.

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Barbara H. -
April 30, 2011
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There really isn't an easy way to replace this handle. You can very likely just remove the battery, battery tray, and right hand side panel (dash side) to be able to remove the hold handle and put the new one in place. Keep in mind that if the rear hangers are still attached to the deck, then the weight of the deck is on the handle.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 02, 2011
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Job completed - no easy way, I agree. Took ~1 hr including a few interruptions. I ended up taking apart quite a bit of the middle section to execute the replacement. I'll detail here for the next curious victim. Assume mower deck is removed. (0) Remove E rings & washers from both ends of main rod of lift shaft assembly (1) Remove steering wheel & shaft extension (2) Remove two bolts securing upper dash to lower dash (3) Remove right side bolt securing air duct to RH dash panel (4) Remove two bolts securing battery tray to RH dash (5) Remove four bolts securing RH dash to chassis (6) Gently remove RH dash panel away from mower; releasing 3 cable tie clamp connectors from panel. Optional (to give maximum freedom of movement): remove two bolts/screws securing electrical assembly from RH dash panel (7) Remove retainer springs from old/broken lift arm assembly & lower RH and LH link assembly shafts to chassis bottom (8) Remove broken lift arm assembly from mower (9) Insert arm of new lift handle assembly *partially* through RH dash panel (10) Thread left end of assembly into mower - carefully through wiring assemblies - and insert LH end of shaft into nylon bearing of LH dash (11) Monkey around RH dash & lift assembly until roughly into place & place RH dash into detent in chassis (12) Insert battery tray bolts & partially tighten by hand (13) Reassemble washers & E rings to both ends of lift assembly shaft (14) Reattach electrical assembly to RH dash (15) Reassemble & tighten all bolts to RH dash & chassis (16) Reconnect link arms with retainer springs to lift arm assembly (17) Reattach RH side of air duct to top of RH dash (18) Reattach upper dash to lower dash (19) Reassemble steering wheel extension shaft & steering wheel (20) Replace all tools, have your kid saddle up and (re)start mowing the lawn, and finally have a beer (or beverage of your choice) for saving yourself the time and money you would have spent hauling your rig to a repair joint.

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TomW_1030 -
May 02, 2011
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That is a excellent detail of the repair. I've not had a chance to pull one down with this type of steering system in it yet. I didn't realize the steering shaft would need to come out. I'm going to try and get one of these over here and photograph the process if I can. I appreciate your write up on this, I'm sure it will be of use to others.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 02, 2011
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Looking back at it, I'm not sure removing the steering shaft and upper dash was absolutely necessary ...but greater freedom of movement gained at the expense of 5(?) extra bolts was a pretty good compromise, imo.

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TomW_1030 -
May 02, 2011
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I agree. when you're working with tight confines any extra space you can make certainly does help.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
May 02, 2011
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My lift shaft assembly is broken too. The weld that holds the handle to the shaft broke. How do I've started to remove the side pannels but im stuck because I cant get the steering shaft off. I can;t figure out how to release it. My tractor is a craftsman 917.271140.

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Brandon -
July 20, 2011
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@Brandon, yours is not too bad. but, you cannot just remove the steering shaft. Follow your steering shaft down to where it meets up with the sector gear. There is a "U" shaped bracket that holds the whole steering assembly in place. Under the tractor you will see the drag link connect to the pitman arm. Remove the drag link. then remove the 4 bolts that hold the "U" shaped bracket in place. that will allow you to move the steering assembly forward a bit. If you still need more room, you can push it up some. If you still need more room you can take the steering wheel off and then remove the bolt-on top half of the shaft and then pull the whole steering assembly out. I don't think it will be necessary to take the whole steering assembly out though.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
July 21, 2011
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i just replaced my lift shaft assembly and it took about 20 minutes. remove both side panels pull clips from shaft assembly on the bottom of it. pull the broken shaft out from behind the steering shaft ( no need to remove the steering shaft). install new assembly, replace plunger and put side panels back on that is all there is to it,. the plunger comes out quite nicely using a hammer and any type heavy metal rod the size of the pin to drive it out very easy job

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jim -
April 09, 2012
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oh yeah be sure to lift the deck to take the pressure off the deck I put bricks under the deck to lift it off the ground

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jim -
April 09, 2012
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I'll TRY ONE MORE TIME!! I've a Craftsman rider model #917271140 16.5hp dCV16S-43520. It's got a new spark Plug and coil but still will not start.

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The way you are describing the problem is like maybe you’re checking for spark by putting a screwdriver (or similar object) on the spark plug lead and grounding to the block and having spark when you do that. And, when you put the plug in the boot and check for spark on the plug you have none. That tells me that the spark plug itself is bad.

The fact that you have any spark at any point leads me away from any issue with the safety circuit on the tractor. It’s possible, but very unlikely, that the coil is bad and you just happen to be catching working only when you have the spark plug out of the way. In most cases a coil that is bad when cold sometimes is bad when cold all the time.

I notice that this engine has a Spark Advance Module on it. That device is pretty sensitive to how the system is set up. By that, I mean that it’s possible to fry that little box if you check for spark with a ground. Kohler actually came out with a specific set of testers to check that device with and to check for spark with because the normal methods of grounding a screwdriver can blow that box up. That being said, I’d still try a brand new spark plug to see if anything changes.

I went back and searched our site using your user name and email address and show no prior questions. I’m guessing somewhere along the line something happened and the questions didn’t get posted. I apologize that happened, normally everything works out pretty good with the site but sometimes there is a burp and stuff will get lost.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
August 17, 2010
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How I tested the sparkplug wire without the plug is I used a 12v tester and stuck the point into the wire and clipped onto motor with the clip. This lit up the light on the tester so I assumed the coil was just weak from sitting so long. I replaced the coil and I get the same results. I also replace the spark plug with an NGK brand to get the same results. Anything else that might be helpful would be much appreciated. Thank You in advance.

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1maddog1959 -
August 17, 2010
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I've been trying for a couple of days to get an answer to my problem and am about to give up.I found some answers and questions from other owners that are having the same provlem,but no selution. I hqave a craftsman mower with a16.5 honda engine, model 917-273500, I've had it to 2 experts in different areas and it came back with out the problem fixed. It surges and runs rich. Had a new carb put on no help, plugs were changed no help. Is there any honda company information on this lemom?. thank you

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fonz222 -
October 10, 2010
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