Model #917275032 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Garden Tractor Model No. 917.275032 Steering problem.

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I completely understand your need for detailed instructions on how to properly remove this part from your tractor. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the unit. At this time, I was unable to locate information that would be helpful in regards to your question. Some of these questions that are asked will need specific research and will be answered by an expert with-in two business days but usually sooner.

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Julio -
July 13, 2013
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The problem is very likely going to be key number 29 in the parts drawing for the steering section.

If you cannot lift the front of the tractor then I really wouldn't even bother trying to make this repair. It's a bit of a pain to do even with the tractor lifted.

Lift the front of the tractor and remove the front mower deck hangers so the mower deck will hang low. If you want to take the mower deck off, you can.

Now remove the steering wheel from the tractor. Now remove the clip (key number 8 above key 29) from the steering shaft. This should allow the steering shaft to push down and be removed from the tractor. Now you can look up through the steering shaft hole and see what's left of the bushing (key 29). Drive the bushing out of the steering bracket and discard it. Make sure to keep up with key number 6 (a thin washer) that goes between the bushing and the clip. Now reach in from the side of the tractor and set the new bushing on top of the hole where it goes. Put the steering shaft in from the top, but upside down. Put a large flat washer on top of the bushing and then let the steering shaft rest on top of the washer. Now use a hammer to drive the bushing into place. You can hit on the end of the steering shaft, but make sure not to hit the teeth on the gear.

Once the bushing is driven into place, pull the shaft back out and then put it back into place from below. As you push the shaft into place, make sure to put the thin washer (key 6) in place. Once the shaft is pushed all the way up then you can put the clip back onto the shaft. There is a little slot all the way around the shaft for the clip to sit in. Make sure it is in that slot of the shaft will slide down. I use a screwdriver and an awful lot of patience to put the clip into place. Prepare for it to slip of a few times and fall into some place where it's hard to locate. Patience.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 14, 2013
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Now that you have the shaft in place you can put the steering wheel back on. Now you can put the deck back in place and the belt back on it. Now you're ready to steer normally and mow some grass.

This really isn't the easiest thing in the world to deal with and it's certainly not something I would recommend to anyone that lacks patience or mechanical ability.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 14, 2013
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Hi Wade! Thanks for responding. I have the tractor up on tire jacks and I removed the battery and shelf to access the steering column. I also removed the mower deck. The problem I am having is that parts 8,6 and 29 on the schematic are missing! I lifted up the #22 bushing and there is nothing else in that area. following down the shaft, the next things I find are above the pin gear that engages the sector steering gear. I can't find a pin to pull out. I cannot push the steering wheel down or pull it up. I took the screws out of the support assembly (19) from the outside casing of the tractor but there are a few screws inside that look like a bear to reach. I'm wondering if I have to remove all that to get this thing free. I've attached photos of the top part of the steering column showing no other parts to remove and the part where the steering shaft makes contact with the support assembly. Any other instructions? I don't force things until someone tells me it's OK to do that.

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Jeanne1114 -
July 15, 2013
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You can most likely fix this with the support in place. I never take it out unless it's damaged.

The parts you're really interested in will be on the steering shaft. There will be a C-clip, not a pin that holds everything there. It's usually very hard to see as it's black and everything around it will be dirty and also painted black.

I hate that I don't have any photos of this set up. I may have a tractor with this steering set up at work that I can take some photos of in the morning. I'll get back with you on this tomorrow.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 17, 2013
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Hi Wade! I finally found the clip! and got it removed. I then beat out the bushing you said to remove. So I can replace the steering column with the worn out pin at the end (and use the old steering shaft to hammer in the new bushing. I called a local repair shop for help and they said to bring in the gear, sector steering (the fan shaped gear) and see if that's what's worn too. Not sure how that little bushing would cause all that slipping - but do you have a way to do that? I can't take off the nut on the screw holding that on as it turns the whole gear when I try to take it out. I tried holding the gear from below while I turned the socket wrench, but that isn't working at all.

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Jeanne1114 -
July 19, 2013
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I've always used an impact wrench to remove the sector gear. I'd be surprised if the sector gear is worn that much. If this problem has been going on for a while then possibly the gears are worn down, but most often, the bushing causes the slipping and it gets bad enough to where you cannot steer long before the gears actually wear out.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 22, 2013
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Hi Wade! I just ordered a new steering column and all new bushings. Once I get all that back together I'll let you know if it worked! Thanks for your help!

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Jeanne1114 -
July 22, 2013
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Hi Wade! UGH I got the parts and put the new bushing in. I lifted the tractor higher onto cinder blocks so I could get the steering column in and it wouldn't go! So I got the stupid idea of putting it in backwards to see if the hole in the bushing was big enough for the column and the thing got stuck in there real tight. So I used a big bolt and hammered the column out (ruining the threading :-(( So now I have greased everything slippery as heck and I still can't get the hole in the bushing to accept the steering column! There isn't any room to hammer the column in. Do you have any suggestions? I'm not really very strong but I have tried my best to man handle the thing and force it but it won't go. I am at the point of screaming!

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Jeanne1114 -
July 28, 2013
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Get some fine sand paper (like emery cloth) and sand the shaft a bit and then see if you can get it to go through the bushing. I have had to sand them a bit and then grease the shaft a bit to get it go through. Sometimes, they go right through with no problem and other times, it's enough to make you want to throw things and say things one shouldn't say.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 29, 2013
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