Model #917276181 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Craftsman tractor #917276181: Idler flat pully original #193197 has been substituted with #177968. The substitute is 4 inches, while original was 5 3/8 inches

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It would be difficult trying to complete a repair with substitute parts of a different size. I do see the substitute number shows the same as you have above at Sears Parts Direct for this model. While you wait for the expert to review your model and parts, if you do need the diagrams for this parts change I attached the owner's manual below in case you did not have it.

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Barbara H. -
September 29, 2011
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I believe there was a mistake and you were sent the wrong pulley for your mower deck. Generally when there is a pulley change it is to make it taller or of a different material. If the pulley changes in diameter then there will be a service bulletin listed for it (no bulletin for this machine).

I recommend you contact the parts department where you ordered the pulley from and have them check on the part number and correct the mistake for you.

If I can be of further assistance please let me know.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 01, 2011
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not true I was sent the correct pulley the mistake is the wrong number is posted for the substitution the correct number shoud have been 196106 not 177968.

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Kevin -
October 01, 2011
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I'll send an email over so they can check the numbers and which parts are with which numbers. As long as you have the correct size pulley then you should be in good shape. Thanks for responding back.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 01, 2011
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Same exact problem. Doesnt Sears try to fix these problems or do they prefer getting calls from angry customers?? I took the book with me showed them the exact part, and I got the wrong one shipped to me- 1 1/2 inches SMALLER. The one they are substituting is part #197379 NOT part #193197.

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pat -
June 26, 2012
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Pat,

I am sorry you received the wrong pulley. I know it is frustrating. According to Kevin, the correct part number is 196106. I recommend ordering that part. I looked up the specifications of that pulley and posted them below. Click on the image to enlarge it. If you could please reply below with the model number I will also sent this to the parts team.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 27, 2012
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I am having this EXACT problem, and SearsPartsDirect Chat people are Clueless!!!!!! Thank you for confirming that I am NOT crazy - the replacement pulley that they have listed for the 2nd pulley from the left (with the discharge chute on the right) is WRONG. They list it as Item 36, Substitution Part # 177986, when it is actually Item 145, Substitution Part # 196106. I have tried to make them aware of the mistake, but they are useless. I can only describe it as trying to nail Jell-O to a tree!!!!

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Caron -
August 05, 2015
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What year was this lawn mower made/ 917273373 Craftsman Lawn tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

Based upon our records for this tractor, we show that it was manufactured in 2004. It may have been sold for a year or so afterwards. 

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
March 18, 2015
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mower will not pull itself 917-276181

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

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

The first question is have you removed the rear wheels. The rear wheels have a square axle key that drive them. I have provided you with an image below showing the placement of the axle key.

If the axle key is in position, the next check to make is if the drive belt is still on. With the tractor on a level surface and the engine off, look under the tractor at the drive belt. The belt should be free of slack and go around all of the pulleys.

If the belt is fine put the tractor in freewheel and try to push it. If you can push the mower, you know the brake is not the problem. If you cannot push the tractor the problem is likely a stuck brake. You will need to mover the break lever on the transaxle to see if it is sticking. If it is stuck you should be able to free it up by spraying a little WD-40 on the brake lever. Then work it back and forth.

Since the tractor has a hydrostatic transaxle, I recommend you try to purge the air out of the system. The purging instructions can be found in your owner's manual.

Next check the brake lever on the transaxle. If it has been sitting for a long period of time it might be stuck on. The lever is located on the right side of the tractor inside of the frame. I recommend working the lever back and forth to make sure it is moving freely.

When you are looking under the tractor, have someone move the shifter. When the shifter is moved, you should see the shifter on the transaxle move. If the shifter is properly attached, have someone start the tractor and let out on the brake. Now carefully look under the tractor at the Trans axle drive pulley. The drive pulley should be spinning. If the pulley is spinning, the problem is most likely a defective transaxle.

If you would feel more confident have a Sears Home Service technician help assist with the diagnosis/repair, you can call 1-800-469-4663, or click here to be directed to the page to set up service.

I hope this helps and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
November 10, 2014

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