Model #917273390 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

I called 1 800 for help twice, got hung up on. THANKS FOR NOTHING! 917273390 Craftsman Lawn tractor

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
I know how frustrating it is to call for assistance and not get the help you need. I am not sure why you were calling the 800 number as you didn't specify, but they are not technicians and are mainly there to help you select the right part and order it for you. I know that you are having the issue with the engine dying when you release the clutch, as I've just responded to that question for you, hopefully that helps.
Let us know here if we can be of any further assistance for you, we definitely appreciate your business and wish you all the best with the tractor and the repair.
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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 02, 2014
Q:

mower dies when i release the clutch in gear, why? 917273390 Craftsman Lawn tractor

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
I am sorry to hear of the engine dying when you release the clutch, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.

The most likely problem when the engine dies when the clutch/brake pedal is let out is the seat switch.
The connector on the seat switch has a switch inside it. If the connector is not connected to the seat switch, it closes the switch and grounds out the ignition module. This kills the spark to the spark plug.
If you are sitting in the seat and the engine still dies, the problem will be a wire shorted, a bad seat switch, or a bad or disconnected seat switch connector.
I would recommend lifting the seat, and make sure the contacts on the seat switch connector are clean, and then firmly push the connector together to make a secure connection. Sometimes a zip tie is used to ensure the connector doesn't come undone again. I would start there as that's the most likely issue for your symptom. 
Hope this helps out and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 02, 2014
Q:

mower will not engage 917.273390

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Thank you for your question.

 

 

 

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. The engagement cable on your tractor is not adjustable. I suspect the problem you are having is the belt is not tightening when you engage the blades. If this is what is happening I recommend checking the belt routing first. If the belt is fine, have someone move the lever while you watch the idler arm on the deck. The cable should tighten up, move the idler and tighten the belt.  If the cable is fine and the idler it is not moving, the pivot is likely rusted. To fix this loosen the pivot bolt and soak the pivot with WD-40. Then work it back and forth until it is loose. Once free, tighten the bolt and check the operation. I hope this is helpful.

 

 

Please let me know if you need further assistance on the repair of the mower.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 09, 2013

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