Model #917271850 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

craftsman lawn tractor moel917271850 9172180

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the engine knocking on the tractor. I know how concerning that is.

Most of the time knocking comes from the mower deck, and not necessarily from the engine. If you hit something while mowing, I recommend removing the belt from the engine pulley before you start the tractor. The reason is the belts could be flopping in the pulley. If they flop hard enough it will make a knocking noise. Once the belts are removed, start the engine. If the noise is not there, we will assume the noise was from the belts. If the noise was still there, turn the engine off and check the bolt that secures the engine pulley. I have seen a loose pulley bolt cause the problem. If the bolt is fine, check the engine mounting bolts. If the bolts that secure the engine to the frame came loose, you will get a loud knocking sound.

If the sound definitely sounds internal, it could be coming from the rocker arms, timing, or the piston assembly. If the mower hasn’t been serviced in a while, I would recommend doing so. Make sure you run SAE 30 motor oil. Make sure you’re checking the engine oil regularly and before each mow. If the engine oil is low while in use, it can cause engine damage. We would recommend a technician to assist with an internal engine issue.

If you would feel more confident have a Sears Home Service technician help assist with the diagnosis/repair, you can call 1-800-469-4663, or click here to be directed to the page to set up service.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 29, 2015
Q:

917 sears lawnmover

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The lawnmower is great for getting work done around the yard. I found some information for you that I am hoping will help you fix the lawn mower. I am adding the link below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. It may take 24-48 hours. I do hope that this will help you get the lawnmower back up and running.

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Marc -
November 09, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

Your tractor most likely uses an Operator Presence (seat) switch that will cause engine to stall if blades are engaged or the brake is released without anyone on the seat. If ample amount of weight is not kept on the seat during operation or the operator is leaning forward the tractor will stall because the Operator Presence (seat) switch senses that the operator is not completely on the seat.

To check Operator Presence (seat) switch:

  1. Lift seat.
  2. Locate wires that connect to Operator Presence (seat) switch under the seat.
  3. Disconnect and clean any debris in the switch connector. Use an ohmmeter to check the switch. When the switch is not pushed, the reading should be 0 ohms (closed). When pushed it should read ol ( open load )
  4. Make sure the connector is fully seated on the seat switch. The connector is a special connector that will short the two wires if it is not fully seated.



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I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details and a model number.

Thank you for using Mange my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
November 12, 2012
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Q:

bagger

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Getting the right accessories is important. I was able to locate a similar question from a previous post. I attached to the link below. I hope this helps.

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Barbara -
October 28, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I will be happy to assist you. I looked up the model numbers you submitted. The bagger will work on your tractor. They are both 42 inch and made in 2002.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.
Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 29, 2012
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