Model #917271651 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Questions about Craftsman ride on mower

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I apologize, to hear that you're having this problem with your mower. I have done some research and located a link similar to your question that may be helpful until an Expert responds. Hope this helps and thank you for using Manage My Life!

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Carmen G -
August 27, 2012
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You'll need to remove the pulley and see if the shaft looks like it's worn down or damaged. It's usually pretty obvious if it is. If the shaft is fine you just need to get a new pulley. Most of the time the pulley is the problem but on occasion the input shaft is damaged. If you're pretty handy with tools you can just replace the shaft. You'll need to remove the transmission from the tractor and open it up to do that. If you're just not sure about doing that procedure then you will need to get a complete transmission. The transmission will have the shaft in place but the pulley will have to be purchased and added to the new transmission.

You can click the link I've attached below to access the parts images for your tractor and transmission to order the correct parts.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
August 27, 2012
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Tractor model 917271651 gas getting into oil

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Managemylife.com is a great resource when it comes to finding answer to problems on Craftsman tractors. I am providing a few links with similar issues on other tractors. This may help while an expert answers your specific question.

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Anna T -
May 13, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I suspect the float in the carburetor is not regulating the fuel level in the carburetor. You will need to clean or replace the carburetor.

To access the float follow the steps below:

  1. Clamp off the fuel line with a pair of vise grips.
  2. Disconnect the wires that go to the fuel shut off solenoid
  3. Unscrew the solenoid.
  4. Drop the float bowl.
  5. Using a pair of needle nose pliers remove the float hinge pin
  6. Being careful not to loose the needle remove the float.
  7. Shake the float and listen for a liquid sound from inside it.
    1. If there is a liquid sound inside the float must be replaced as it has a hole in it.
    2. If there is no sound the float is ok and the problem is in the needle and seat.
  8. Remove the fuel line from the carburetor inlet.
  9. Now spray carburetor cleaner into where the needle goes. This will back flush out any debris.
  10. Then inspect the inside of the fuel line. If it is cracking you need to replace the fuel line and the filter before reattaching to the carburetor inlet.
  11. After you have cleaned the carburetor reassemble the it in reverse order.
  12. Reinstall the float bowl and fuel shut off solenoid.
  13. Reconnect the solenoid.
  14. Then replace the fuel line from the carburetor to the fuel filter. The reason is the fuel line can break down and inside of it and cause the needle to stick again.
  15. Remove the spark plug and place a rag near the spark plug hole.
  16. Hold the spark plug wire with a pair of insulated pliers and crank the engine. This will clear out any fuel that has accumulated in the cylinder.
  17. Reinstall the spark plug.
  18. I strongly recommend changing the oil and the filter if your engine has one. If the oil has gas in it will thin the oil out and it is just like running the engine without oil.

I hope this is helpful.

Please feel free to reply with more details if you need further assistance.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 15, 2012
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I would like to thank the people that responded to my ple for help after I replaced the fuel selinoid and rebuilt my carb and adjusted my valves my lawnmower runs like ijust bought it off the showroom floor thanks fellas you have been a great help.

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Alvin -
May 20, 2012
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my craftman tractor is stuck in neutral wont shift into any gear dana trans D4360-140

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A tractor out of service at this time of year is not what you need. While you wait for the expert answer, you may want to consult the owner's manual . I attached it below. I also added a tractor web site with some discussion of like issues. It may offer some insight. If you do decide you would be more comfortable having this repaired by a technician, an option is to visit Sears Home Services and use the scheduler. Hope this helps!

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Barbara H. -
August 15, 2010
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I have attached a drawing of your transmission. On the left side of the transmission you will see a little triangle shaped cover. Take that cover off and access the spring and ball. Be careful when you take the cover off because the spring is subject to shoot out and be gone.

Once you access the spring and ball put some oil down in the hole they're in. I prefer to Mystery Marvel Oil, but any penetrating oil should suffice. Work the shift lever around after you oil it. When you get it moving around good you can put the ball and spring back in and you should be ready to drive.

In most cases cleaning the ball and spring will solve the problem. In some cases it will not and the transmission will need to be taken down and opened up.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
August 16, 2010
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