Model #917275280 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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how to remove fuel tan hs trash in it 917275280 Craftsman Garden tractor

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I will be more than happy to help you with your lawn tractor. Upon researching model917275280; the best thing to do is drain the fuel from the tank. Disconnect the fuel lines and blow compressed air through it. You can find a cleaner at an auto shop. Flush the tank and clean out the carburetor. Reinstall the lines. The carb has small air passages and these can be hard to clean if they get clogged.

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Jeff Wallace Jr -
Sears Technician
July 29, 2015
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My tractor just stopped running while I was mowing 917.275280

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Thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com and for being a valued member. 

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

If the tractor was running when it died, is it possible you forgot to disengage the blades, and when you are trying to start it the blades are still engaged? That would make the tractor act like it’s powerless. Make sure the blades are disengaged.

Outside of that, I would recommend checking the fuse. It’s typically behind the dash area, but if you don’t see it, follow the smaller red wire from the starter solenoid to where it goes to the ignition switch and it will be in-between them in a black holder box.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
October 06, 2014
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Josh, thanks much. I feel like an idiot. After trying all kinds of things, I was finishing mowing with a friends mower, and thinking about my problem. It suddenly occurred to me that the only thing that would shut everything off had to be a fuse. So I looked and sure enough it was. I guess what threw me off was why it would blow in the first place. Nothing happened that would have caused an overload. Probably just age, it was the original one, 15 years old. JCS

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JC -
October 09, 2014
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Steering problems with 917.275280, Craftsman garden tractor

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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 tractor steering troubles while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
October 27, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If the tractor will not turn left I suspect the parts of the steering are worn. This tractor has a sector gear that turns when you turn the steering wheel. The sector gear has a drag link connected to it that connects to the left front spindle. The left and right spindles have a tie rod connecting them so when the left spindle turns it causes the right spindle to turn also. The parts that usually wear are the steering gear (which is mounted on the steering shaft) and the sector gear. This is also, where you lubricate the steering when the tractor is hard to steer. Brush some axle grease on the teeth of the sector gear and the steering gear. When you turn the steering left and right and look for areas for play. If you see any play in the parts, the bushings are likely to be worn or the teeth on the gears are worn. The parts for the tractor can be ordered from the following link.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.
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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 29, 2012
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Thank you Mark! There is quite a bit of play in the sector gear and the teeth are not extremely worn. I will replace the bushings and see if that corrects it. I don't see a link. Can you resend that for me. Thanks, Clay

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Clayton -
October 30, 2012
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Clayton,

I am sorry the link did not post. It the teeth in the gears are sharp points they are worn. I posted an image below that shows what the gear should look like. Here is the link for the parts. Craftsman tractor parts

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 31, 2012
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I also have this problem. I have replaced the sector gear and the plastic bushings, as well as the drag link. It worked well the first two cuts, then it started to slip again? Where am I getting the slop from?

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Kevin -
September 29, 2013
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Kevin, I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If the steering is still slipping after replacing the bushing and sector, I recommend checking the brass bushing at the end of the streering shaft. If this bushing is worn it will not hold the steering shaft gear tight enough to the sector. The easiest way to replace this gear is to remove the mower deck. Then the shaft will come out the bottom once everything on the top is removed along with the C-clip. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 30, 2013
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I own a sears craftsman model 917.270822. My mower turns to the left but catches very infrequently when I turn to the right. (It mostly just clicks). From looking at the diagram it would appear that it might be the gear, shift. What do you think? Also, it appears that it might be a big job to get at the part in question. Again what do you think?

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sal -
July 28, 2014
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I own a sears craftsman model 917.270822. My mower turns to the left but catches very infrequently when I turn to the right. (It mostly just clicks). From looking at the diagram it would appear that it might be the gear, shift. What do you think? Also, it appears that it might be a big job to get at the part in question. Again what do you think?

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sal -
July 28, 2014
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