Model #917274761 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Carburetor housing 917274761 Craftsman Tractor

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Craftsman lawn tractor freewheel control

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I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your tractor and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find a link that will provide you with some good information. I hope this helps with your research while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
February 18, 2013
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Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If the lever on the transaxle is stuck, about the only thing you can do, is soak it down with penetrating oil and let it sit. After some time try to move the lever by hand. If it does not move gently, tap it with a hammer. If it does not move try soaking it down again and let it sit. If you cannot work it loose this way, the transaxle has to be taken out and disassembled.   I wish you luck on working it loose. 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
February 20, 2013
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Thanks to you both for your help. I finally got it to work As Mark said, I soaked it with Bolt-off, tapped it, Tri-flow, tapped it, WD-40, tapped it and it finally moved. It still wouldn't disengage from the rod, so I kept engaging and tapping until it finally worked loose enough to work from the rod. BTW, I have seen some posts where people hear a grinding noise from their automatic transmissions. While I was working on this, a couple of times the control did not fully disengage. When I pushed the tractor to see if it was free, there was a grinding noise. Maybe those people have partially engaged freewheel controls. Just a thought. Again, thank you.

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tsesee -
February 20, 2013
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tsesee, I am glad to hear you have worked the lever loose. I know it takes time to work these loose but you are proof that they will come loose. Thank you for the tip on the grinding noise. If you have any other questions or problems with the tractor please reply below. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
February 20, 2013
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my mower is in freewheel and will not engage

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Bert -
November 26, 2013
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Yours is probably the opposite of mine. There is a shaft attached to the freewheel rod that gets stuck. Mine was stuck so it wouldn't disengage. If you look underneath the right hand side under the drivers seat, you should be able to see the shaft. It's easier with the deck off. I had to tap mine back after soaking with penetrating to disengage it. You will probably have to tap it forward (hard to do). It does take a while. Good lick!

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tsesee -
November 26, 2013
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Bert, I recommend following the advice from tsesee. If yours is different, please reply below with the model number. I will be happy to assist you further. Thank you for using Manage my life.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
December 04, 2013
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engine slipping

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Thanks for contacting manage my life about your tractor model 917.274761, I will be glad to assist you, however I do not understand your comment about engine slipping.  Please reply back with added detail about the exact issue you are experiencing. If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services. Ron H.

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Ron H -
Sears Technician
August 26, 2013

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