Model #917276310 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Thank you for your inquiry on your Craftsman Tractor, Model: 917.276310. From reviewing the detail on your model, first, make sure the engagement lever is down and the brake pedal is fully depressed or the tractor will not attempt to turn over. If you have already done this, I recommend checking the fuse. The fuse is located behind the dash. If the fuse is good, you have a wiring or switch problem. The easiest way to pin point the problem is with a volt meter. If you do not have a meter, you can purchase one relatively cheap.

Turn the meter to check dc volts, and then hold the black lead to the black negative battery terminal for all of the voltage checks. Place the red lead on the positive terminal of the battery. The reading should be 12 volts. If you have a 12 volt reading, move the red lead to the first blue dot in the image. Your reading should be 12 volts. If you have 12 volts, have someone sit on the tractor and hold the brake pedal while turning the key for the rest of the checks. While they have the key turned to the start position, move the red lead to the next blue dot. The reading should always be 12 volts. Then move to the next blue dot. If you lose the 12 volts, the problem is between the last blue dot you had the voltage and where you lost the voltage. If you have 12 volts all the way to the white wire on the solenoid, the solenoid or the starter is defective.

To determine starter or solenoid short the two large posts on the solenoid together with a screwdriver. There should be a spark it is normal. Once shorted the starter should run. 

Safety Warning: Before beginning the repair, disconnect the direct power supply to the tractor to prevent the risk of injury or any electrical shock.

If you don’t feel comfortable or confident in this repair, then you can have it repaired at home by a sears technician. I have the included a link to the website: Sears Home Services or call 1-800-469-4663.


I hope this answered your question. Thank you for contacting, and have yourself a wonderful day. 

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Gerry 93 -
Sears Technician
June 17, 2015

trouble with clutch and getting tractor to run 917276310 Craftsman Garden tractor


Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

I am sorry to hear of the difficulty you're having with the shifting into gear and the steering. I know how frustrating that is. 

You may be missing the ground drive spring, or the pivots may need lubrication for the shifting. I would recommend verifying the spring is intact and that all the rods and pivots are lubricated with WD40 or light oil. That should solve the issue.

The same thing would apply to the steering. The sector gear teeth, shaft, and front spindles will need to be greased. The owner's manual has a lubrication chart for the various zerks on the tractor on page 15. You will need to manually grease the sector gear and shaft teeth. This should make the steering easier. You can go onto the site and download the manual if needed.

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

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
March 12, 2015

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