Model #917273641 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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clutch adjustment 917273641 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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I do not see anything in the technical pages that shows this electric clutch being adjustable. If yours is adjustable, it will have the inspection ports near the adjusting nuts. Insert a feeler gauge into the inspection port and tighten the nut until you feel a slight drag. Do this on all three inspection ports. Once you have it adjusted, check the operation.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
October 01, 2014
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Riding mower 917.273641 blades not engaging when engine is hot 917.273641

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Sorry to hear of the issue with the blades not engaging when the tractor is hot, I know how inconvenient it is to have to allow it a cool down period to operate correctly.
This sounds like an issue with the electric clutch. I suspect that it is on its way out, and is starting to become sensitive to heat. The issue may continue to get worse until it doesn't allow the blades to engage at all. 
I recommend checking the voltage to the clutch before replacing it. Have someone sit on the seat with the engine off and the key on. Then turn the deck switch on. You should have 12 volts dc to the clutch. Once 12 volts dc is verified, it will be a strong indicator the clutch needs replacement. If you do not have 12 volts, you will need to trace the wiring back to see where the voltage drops. 
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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 05, 2014
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What is the transaxle oil capacity for model# 917.273399?

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I did some research on the oil and I was unable to locate information that would be helpful with regards to your question at this time. Your expert will answer within two business days with detailed information. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Joseph P. -
April 18, 2013
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The transmission should take about 80oz of 20W50 standard oil or Synthetic 5W30.

The transmission is sealed from the factory and should never need oil unless it is leaking or has been opened up for service.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
April 20, 2013
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That is the wrong kind of oil, The owners manual says to use 80W90. I dont trust your answer at all. I've been trying for days to find the capacity for the TRANSAXLE and it seems as though Sears doesn't want me to be able to mow my lawn. My lawnmower has a transaxle NOT a transmission. Of course its leaking! I tore it down, Cleaned every thing, replaced the seals & re-assembled it all I need now is to know how much oil to put in it. Fred M. needs to pay attention to model# and take his time, nice expert. I would suggest maybe John Deer or anything but Craftsman. I know if I scheduled an appointment for $80hr. a tech would come out and do it right since there is a liability to Sears. Since I'm doing it myself I'm left on my own because Sears has no liability. Their "EXPERTS"are a joke. I've waited 2 day's for what I know is a wrong answer. I have a feeling he looked at carpentry buckets answer for the model# 917.273641. because it's the same. This web site and its "EXPERTS" are a joke. Thanks for nothing!

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jay -
April 20, 2013
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I finally found what I needed by searching Techumseh model# H-MST-206-545-C. This is from the Techumseh Technicians Handbook, Techumseh & Peerless Transmission and Drive Products. " The MST series (Manual Shift Transaxle) is a sealed unit which uses 16 oz(473ml) of 80w90 gear lube(part#73022913). The MST series is available with 6 speeds forward and one reverse and has a contoured case and cover." I highly suggest bypassing this website and searching by manufacturer and model#. You will find your answer faster.

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jay -
April 20, 2013
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Jay , the unit should hold approximately 16 oz of oil. It is sealed at the factory and not meant to be serviced in the field. It can be done by good mechanics such as yourself but information is hard to come by. The answer was meant for another tractor and got posted to your answer by mistake. Sorry for the mistake.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
April 21, 2013
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