Model #917275900 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

hydrostatic tractor 26 HP 48 in Mower 917.275900 will not go forward 314-0510-20 Hydro Gear Transaxle

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if the tractor will go in reverse don't look at the belt it is not that. most likely the pump has went out for the forward drive. before you do anything else try to purge the trans of air, release the pin for pushing the tractor and with the engine running and parking brake set engage the trans forward for 10 seconds then reverse for 10 seconds do this 3 or 4 times then re-engage the trans pin in the back of tractor and try to go forward it probably is the pump but the purge is a free try. also make sure the trans linkage is not loose or binding when trying to go forward.

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TC -
May 01, 2013
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Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I will be happy to assist you. That is a good sign the unit will go in reverse. I recommend checking the brake first. If the brakes are hung up the tractor may go in reverse but will be louder than normal. To check the brakes you need to reach under the back of the tractor. On the right side of the transaxle, you should see the brake lever. You want to move the lever forward and back to be sure, it is free. If it is free, check the operation. If it still only goes in reverse, try purging the air out of the transaxle. The instructions for purging are located in the manual. Once purged, check the operation.  I do not think you have a belt problem because the unit will back up.    I hope this is helpful. 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
May 02, 2013
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hydrostatic tractor 26 HP 48 in Mower 917.275900 will not go forward 314-0510-20 Hydro Gear Transaxle

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Yadira B -
May 01, 2013
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Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I will be happy to assist you. That is a good sign the unit will go in reverse. I recommend checking the brake first. If the brakes are hung up the tractor may go in reverse but will be louder than normal. To check the brakes you need to reach under the back of the tractor. On the right side of the transaxle, you should see the brake lever. You want to move the lever forward and back to be sure, it is free. If it is free, check the operation. If it still only goes in reverse, try purging the air out of the transaxle. The instructions for purging are located in the manual. Once purged, check the operation.  I do not think you have a belt problem because the unit will back up.    I hope this is helpful. 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
May 02, 2013
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Q:

how is the torsion spring (part 178102) on the deflector shield installed?

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The deflector shield is on my Sears lawn tractor 917.275900

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MaryeAnn -
June 04, 2010
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I added a link below that may help. We do not have an image of your specific model and deflector sheild but the procedure is the same.

How does the deflector spring attach to the deck?

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 07, 2010
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I am still not able to install the discharge cover and spring. The picture you sent of a different mower and a different spring does not help at all. My neighbor has a craftsman mower and has the same problem. He also uses his mower without any cover over the blades. I cut two of my toes when I accidently moved my foot and it touched the blade. Please help with the correct information.

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MaryeAnn -
July 30, 2010
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I searched many sites and finally took it to my repair shop. Together we finally figured it out--looked at a similar Craftsman mower. Take the bracket off the mower deck. Pretty much takes two people--one to hold the spring in place on the deflector and one to push the rod through. I have attached a photo of how it should look finished.

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Anonymous -
October 08, 2012
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