Model #917276702 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

disengage mower deck

A:

I am sorry that you are having some difficulties with your mower 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. Click here for the link. I hope this helps with your research while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
May 11, 2013
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Thank you for your question.

 

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If the mower deck stays engaged when you have the PTO switch pushed in I recommend unplugging the wires down near the clutch. If the blades stay engaged with the wires disconnected, I recommend adjusting the clutch. The image below shows how to adjust the clutch. Just click on the image to enlarge it. If the blades disengage after you disconnect the wires, I suspect there is a problem with the PTO switch. A replacement switch can be ordered from the following link. Replacement PTO switch for Craftsman tractor model 917.276702. 

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

 

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 13, 2013
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Q:

How do I check the transmision fluid in my 2006 craftsman mower?

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To check the oil in the hydrostatic transaxle begin by blocking the wheels and jacking the left rear wheel off the ground. Remove the left rear wheel to access the transaxle.

On the top of the transaxle near the rear is a pipe plug. Remove the pipe plug and measure from the top of the transaxle housing down to the top of the oil.

The measurement from the top of the transaxle to the top of the oil should be between 1 1/4- 1 1/2 inches.

If you need oil, the transaxle uses 20W50 motor oil.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 04, 2010
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My riding lawn mower won't start. I believe it's the solenoid because it will sometimes start if bypassed. Any way to confirm this?

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I am assuming the tractor starter does not turn the engine over unless you jump the 2 red wires on the solenoid with a wire.

This problem could be a bad solenoid, safety switch on the clutch brake, or a PTO switch. You can test these parts with a volt meter.

Check the voltage across the battery terminals; you should get 12.6 or more volts. If you don't the battery is dead.

The best way to check the starting circuit of the mower is to connect the ground side of a volt meter to ground on the tractor or the battery. Get someone to turn the ignition key to the start position and check the voltage on the white wire on the ignition switch. You should get 12 volts dc. If you don't the ignition switch is probably bad.

If you have the voltage at the ignition switch, go to the white wires on the brake/clutch safety switch. With the clutch pushed in, you should get 12 volts dc on both white wires with the wires connected to the switch. If you only have voltage on one wire, the clutch/brake safety switch is bad.

If you have voltage on both white wires, go to the white wires on the deck engagement safety switch and do the same test with the deck disengaged. If you only get voltage on one wire, the safety switch is bad.

If you have voltage on both wires at the deck engagement safety switch, check the voltage at the white wire on the starter solenoid. If you don't have voltage there, you have a broken wire between the deck engagement safety switch and the starter solenoid. If you have voltage to the starter solenoid coil and the solenoid is grounded to the frame good, the solenoid is bad.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
April 02, 2010

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