Model #917276351 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

Engine "clicks" when trying to start engine 917.276351

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

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

The solenoid has two large cables mounted to it, one from the battery and one going directly to the starter motor. When you turn the key to the Start position, a trigger voltage is sent down to the solenoid and the solenoid should connect those two large cables to send battery voltage directly to the starter motor.

There are a couple things to test for. The first you already noted, the contacts in the solenoid are large and you can normally hear them make the connection with a click when you turn the key to the Start position. The second test is to see if the solenoid is connecting the two large cables. You can do that by removing the cables and checking for continuity across them with an Ohm Meter or Test Light when you turn the key to the Start position. The last test is to confirm the trigger voltage is reaching the solenoid when you turn the key. There should be one or two smaller wires going to the solenoid as well as the two large cables. One of those wires should have approximately 12 volts on it when the key is turned to the Start position (if you have two wires, the other one will be a ground wire only).

In this case, you are hearing a click which likely indicates the solenoid is getting trigger voltage and is trying to connect the cables so the solenoid itself is likely okay. You can do a quick confirmation if you take a screwdriver with a plastic handle and touch the metal blade across the two mount bolts for the two large cables. Be sure to protect yourself and hold the handle of the screwdriver only since there should be battery voltage present that could spark or quickly create heat.

When you manually connect, or jump these two cable points the starter should begin to spin. If the key is off the tractor will not start but the starter will still spin (since you are manually powering the starter motor).

I am guessing that in your case the tractor will not try to start, since it sounds like you can turn the key and the solenoid engages but nothing else happens. If that is the case there are a couple of things that might commonly be happening. You might have a bad battery or starter cable (one of the two large ones connected to the solenoid) or something may be preventing the starter from turning regardless of input. A quick way to check both is simply to test for power where the one large cable connects directly to the starter. If you have 12 volts or more there when you turn the key to Start then everything is working up to that point and the starter has an issue.

It could be a failed starter motor, but often it is something simple like a jammed gear where the starter engages the flywheel to turn the engine over. In that case you can try manually turning the engine to free the jammed gear. Moving the engine output pulley, or even the screen at the blower housing, back-and-forth will often do that.

If you had low, or no, voltage at the starter when you tested and the solenoid tests okay, then one of the two large cables to the solenoid has failed inside or is not making a clean contact at a mount point.

Or, sometimes, a battery can still show good voltage but will short when a load is applied. You could check that quickly by jumping the battery.

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

 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 16, 2015
Q:

Replacement of fuel line 917.276351

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I was able to find step by step instructions on how to remove fuel tank, replace fuel lines, and re-install. 

1. Disconnect fuel line from fuel filter and drain fuel into appropriate fuel container. 
2. Remove (2) 3/8” screws that secure tank to dash. 
3. Remove fuel tank and fuel line assembly from tractor. 
4. Carefully disconnect fuel line from tank so as not to damage fuel outlet fitting. 
5. Wipe the fuel outlet fitting with a dry cloth. 
6. Connect new fuel line to tank. Be sure fuel line and clamp is properly seated as shown 
in  (leave green label attached to fuel line). 
7. Reassemble tank to tractor with the (2) screws previously removed.
8. Connect fuel line to filter and check fuel line to ensure clamps are properly seated and fuel 
line routing is free from obstructions. If clamps are improperly assembled, reassemble clamps.
9. Replace fuel in tank and start unit to confirm there is no leaking gas. 
 

Hope this information has helped you. If you are not comfortable doing this repair you can click here to schedule a technician or call toll free 1-800-469-4663. Again, thank you for choosing SearsPartsDirect.com.

SAFETY NOTICE: Before checking anything on this mower please make sure you unplug the spark plug for safety reasons. This will ensure there would be no way the mower could accidently turn on. Be aware that there could be sharp edges on the mower that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.
 

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JeffwallaceIII -
Sears Technician
July 07, 2015
Q:

Reverse 917276351 Craftsman Garden tractor

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member. 

I am sorry to hear of the issue you're having with reverse on the unit. I know how frustrating that is.

Sometimes it appears the lever on the transaxle is in reverse, but it's binding up slightly and not engaging. You may want to have someone shift the tractor into reverse while you watch the lever and shoot some penetrating oil  to free it up if it's binding. Continue to work the lever back and forth to see if it fully engages. Sometimes you will manually need to move the lever while in reverse to overcome the bind. If the lever is fully engaged and still no reverse, there is likely something wrong within the 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
April 08, 2015

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