Model #917287012 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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My LT1000 #917287012 starts, engages blades but wont move in gear 917287012 Craftsman Tractor

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I will be happy to help with your refrigerator. Upon researching model number 917287012; the spring would attach to the tensioner and frame. Check the clutch rod and transmission. See if the rod is engaging with the transmission.

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Jeff Wallace Jr -
Sears Technician
May 21, 2015
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FOUND THE PROBLEM !!!! I thought changing the tire was unrelated. It was the cause. I must have not seen the key that is inserted into the notch in the Axle to engage the wheels to drive. I did a search on Tractor wont engage transaxle and another comment on partsdirect came up. Thanks to all your tractor is most likely going into gear but the axle is spinning inside the rim instead of moving the tractor. when you removed the rear wheel you likely did not notice the that fits into the groove inside the axle opening of the rim. the square key must align with the groove in the axle when the wheel is slid back over the axle. the "square key" likely fell off when you removed the wheel and it's laying on the floor/grass. if the key is put back on the axle and the key fits into the groove of the rim when you slide the tire back on then your tractor will move. if the key is missing the axle will spin freely within the rim and the tractor will not move. if that's not the case, then i would suspect that the freewheel control lever is not being engaged/disengaged properly. if you follow the freewheel rod at the back drawbar of the mower, does the rod connect to the transaxle? if so, when you move it back and forth, do you see it engage/disengage on the transaxle? i would suspect that your issue will fall within one of the above suggestions. hope these help and thanks for using searspartsdirect.com. we appreciate your business.

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Gerald -
May 23, 2015
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How to change the oil seal on the transaxle of a Craftsman tractor model 917.275021, part 161157?

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To replace the oil seal on the axle, you must first remove the transaxle from the mower.

Separate the transaxle and remove the axle from the leaking seal. Remove the retaining ring and drive the seal out of the transaxle housing. Using a seal driver, drive the replacement seal in the transaxle housing.

There is a pipe plug located on the right side of the transaxle housing. Remove the plug to add 116.5 ounces of 20W50 motor oil to the transaxle. The oil should be to the bottom of the hole the plug goes in when the transaxle is full.

Go to www.searspartsdirect.com and enter the model of your tractor. Select the transaxle page and you can see a parts diagram of the transaxle. The filter item 55 in the parts diagram. You can replace it while you have the transaxle apart. The fill plug is item 153.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
August 28, 2009
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JimmyK The seal kit on the website for 917287012 looks to be 407129. At Least that is where the oil is dripping. I will look up what you have above also. Can I add oil until I can get in for repair? I think I have lost maybe a pint since started the leak. Also what causes this type of leak? Also is this a weekend warrior job? Seal driver is not standard garage stuff for me. Is there a workaround? Thanks WayneMoncey@gmail.com 314-283-3519

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wayne -
May 15, 2012
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JimmyK ....note #2 before your reply..... Sorry, I am leaking on the right rear transaxle only. Drips down onto hub of tire on the inside. My pint of lost oil was not considering cutting time dripping only storage dripping...sooo...not too messy though and maybe a little more than that. Layman speak here hope you get me. Part 47 on link is where leak is. What other parts may be necessary? Thanks

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wayne -
May 15, 2012
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I have an LT1000 Craftsman Mower with a 38" deck (917.287012). Do you know if a 46" Craftsman Snow Thrower (842.242561 or 842.242560) will work with my mower?

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I know how important it is to have the correct part attachments to assure it will fit properly. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the mower. At this time, I was unable to locate information that would be helpful in regards to your question. Your expert will answer within 24 to 48 hours with detailed information. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Joseph P. -
December 13, 2011
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Those snow blowers will not fit on your tractor that I know of. They were made for a different frame type. I'll also add that the company (Haban) that made our snow blowers with model numbers starting with "842" has not made these machines for several years now. That end of their business was closed. Because parts are hard to get (and getting harder) and no support information on the blowers, I tend to recommend people not purchase them as it can lead to a lot of headaches at times.

Our snow blowers with model numbers beginning with "486" are made by Agri-Fab who is still in business and will happily provide technical support.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
December 15, 2011
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