Model #917273630 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Gets gas and spark won't stay running. 917273630 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the issue you’re having with the tractor. I know how frustrating that is.

The fuel solenoid mounts directly to the base of the carburetor. It threads into the float bowl.

Essentially the solenoid grounds to the carburetor and when the key is turned on power is sent to it via a wire, typically blue in color, and the solenoid opens. Normally you can hear the solenoid engaging with a "click" when you turn on the key. Or, if you put your hand on it you can feel the solenoid react.

To confirm the solenoid is the problem, first find the wire going to it and test that it is receiving voltage from there as it should. If not then you have some other issue going on.

If there is power getting right to the solenoid and you cannot hear or feel it reacting that is likely the problem, but you can test it for sure. Take it out of the carburetor and set it on a good clean metal part of the engine so it is grounded. Then jump power from a live connection, such as the battery on the tractor to where the wire normally connects to the solenoid. The solenoid should move, though the distance it moves is not large. Be sure to watch your hands as the solenoid may engage rapidly and you do not want to get pinched or shocked.

If the solenoid checks out, I would suggest pulling the carburetor and performing a thorough cleaning. You could also have a clogged inlet port on the carburetor or a partially clogged jet.

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business.  

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
April 26, 2015
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Question Do they sell the Solenoid just by it's self? The Guy at Sears said I need to purchase the entire Carburetor. That doesn't sound right

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Larry -
April 29, 2015
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I took the part out last night and have it with me. I just need a part Number I know the Engine Kohler Model No. is CV730S So should I go the there website to get the part?

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Larry -
April 29, 2015
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won't shift 917.273630

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Thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com. I will be more then happy to assist you. On the front of the transmission, on top, you will see little triangle shaped cover. One screw holds that cover down. Remove that cover. Be careful doing that because there is a little spring under it that is subject to jump out and get away. When you have the cover off, drop several drops of oil down the hole. You can use whatever light oil you have on hand. While the cover is still off, hold your finger over it and have someone move the shifter from gear to gear a few times. Then drop a little more oil down the hole. Put the cover back on. Move the gears some more. If you still have the problem, it may get better the more you move the shifter around. If it doesn't get any better or gets worse, then I'd say you have an internal shifting problem. Hope this information has help you. If you are not comfortable doing this repair you can Click Here to schedule a technician or call toll free 1-800-469-4663. Any further questions or concerns. You will have to post a new question because at this time I can not reply to any comments. Again, Thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com.
 

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Samantha A -
Sears Technician
June 19, 2014
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Clutch/Brake pedal on Craftsman 917.272681 will not come out after being depressed.

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Thank you for your question.

 

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If you suspect the problem is in the brake rod I recommend taking the brake rod loose from the foot pedal shaft. The rod is secured with a cotter pin. Once the cotter pin is removed, carefully remove the rod to see if the brake pedal springs back. If it does, the problem is in the brake rod or the brake on the transaxle. If it does not spring back, I recommend looking at the clutch return spring.

The spring goes from the idler bracket, forward, over the top of the axle area, and to a slotted hole in the top of the chassis (next to the muffler). If the spring is broken it has to be replaced.

I have added a couple of photos I found of this situation to help you along with this. The spring is extremely hard to get in place. Here's what I do: Connect the spring to the idler bracket under the tractor. Now push a piece of string (like pull start string) through the hole in the very front of the tractor, over the axle area, back to the spring. Now tie a little hoop for the spring to hook into. On the string end sticking out in front of the tractor, tie a loop big enough for your foot to fit in. Tie this up near where the string goes into the hole. Now put your foot in the loop and step down. This should pull the spring forward. as the hook of the spring lines up with the slot, your hands are free to guide it into place. Typically, I use a long screwdriver to reach in and push the spring into the slot. Now cut the string off and you're done. 

 

If the spring is connected and working fine I recommend checking the belt. If the belt is stretched or glazed it will slip.

 

If you need to order parts for the tractor, you can do so from the following link.Replacement parts for a Craftsman lawn tractor model number 917.272681.

 

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
August 21, 2013
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Thanks Mark. I'm on my way out t the garage to follow your suggestions. I'll advise of the results.

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Herb -
August 21, 2013
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Mark: I checked and the spring is Ok and attached properly. I removed the key on the brake rod where it attaches to the idler bracket. When the pin was removed the break rod became loose and the break pedal also loosened and now works as ir should. I removed the break rod from the tracter and found it was not attached to anything back at the transaxle. It does have a hole in the break rod where a pin should go, However I was not sure where the break rod should be attached at the transaxle end.. Can you help me please?

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Herb -
August 21, 2013
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Herb, The brake rod should have a spring and washer that slides over it on the transaxle end. Once the spring and washer are in place slide the end of the brake rod through the hole in the brake lever on the transaxle. Then attach the front of the brake rod to the idler bracket. The image below shows how it should be attached to the brake lever. The other image shows how to adjust the brake lever. I have seen the rod bind if the lever is out of adjustment. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 23, 2013
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