Model #917273640 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Loss of drive 917273640 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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Thank you for your question and I understand your question.

The electric clutch is used only for engaging the blades and not the motion belt. The freewheel rod should be inwards for drive.

If the motion belt is not worn or broken, the issue is likely with the transmission. If the motion belt is spinning the pulley and fan on the transmission and the tractor will not drive forward or reverse, I recommend following the Owner's Manual and purge the transmission. If purging the transmission of air does not help, I strongly suggest calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your tractor.


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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 29, 2014
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What is causing my tractor to not move?

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Obviously you'll want to make sure the bypass rod is not pulled out. If it is, just push it back in and cut grass. If the bypass rod is not pulled out, pull it out then see if you can roll the machine. If you can't the brakes are stuck. On the right hand side of the transmission you'll see a rod come back to a little lever. There will be a disk just beside that lever. Take a screwdriver and push that little lever forward and that should free them up.

If the brakes not stuck (you can roll the machine in bypass), roll the machine out to a good flat surface where you have a little bit of room. Leave the bypass rod pulled out. Crank the tractor and put it at or near full throttle. Let off the brake. Move the shifter to the full forward position. Wait 3 seconds then move it to full reverse position, wait 3 seconds then back to forward. Do that 8-10 times. Then push the bypass lever back in (as if you're going to drive the tractor). Do the same process. Even if the tractor starts to move, do that purge process 8-10 times. That will get the transmission fluid full throughout the system and remove any air bubbles that may formed in the lines.

Also, I assumed you checked to make sure the belt is on and in good shape. Check that before you check anything else.

If everything I listed does nothing I would advise having a technician come and take a look at the tractor.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
April 24, 2009
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knew it would be an easy fix when you told me what to hit, brake stuck!! thanks ALOT!!!!!

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scott -
July 24, 2013
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Q:

Riding mower multiple coil failures

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Multiple failures would be disappointing. the expert will review to respond within two days, possibly sooner. I did attach a previous post for this model with some information that may help. If a technician is needed, the Sears Home services scheduler can help.

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Barbara -
April 07, 2013
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Well, it's the end of day two and no response...

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Flyboy309 -
April 09, 2013
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Serial number is 012304C0003878

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Flyboy309 -
April 10, 2013
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Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I looked up the kit you are refering too. That kit will work on your tractor. The part number for the kit is 192931 and can be ordered from the following link. Ignition Harness Kit for tractor model number 917.27364 The kit will reroute the charging wire past the ignition switch to prevent the surge to the ignition coil.  I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.    Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.  

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 10, 2013
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