Model #917287031 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Riding mower is cutting offf 917.287031


Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

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

This is usually a spark or fuel issue. I would recommend to unthread the fuel cap next time it dies or starts to die and see if it smoothes out or starts right back up. If the fuel cap doesn't vent properly, it can produce negative pressure and cause vapor lock.

Another suggestion would be with the coil. Sometimes when they are going out, they will lose the capacity to produce spark when the engine gets to operating temp. Next time it dies, take the spark plug out, reattach it to the boot, and ground it to the cylinder and check for spark with the key on. If you don't have spark, it will likely be an issue with the coil.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
April 21, 2015

Attachment Clutch does not disengage 917287031 Craftsman Tractor


My tractor will not go into gear 917287031 Craftsman Tractor


Thank you for your question.


I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. A few things will cause the problem you are having. The first is a missing axle key. The axle key fits in the groove on the axle and rim to keep the wheel from spinning on the shaft. To check for missing axle keys, you need to remove the plastic cover in the center of each wheel. Then push the tractor forward and watch the end of the axle. The axle should turn the same direction as the wheel. If the axle turns the opposite direction, the key is missing.  The image below shows how the key fits into the wheel. If the key is in place on each wheel, I recommend checking the shifter. Have a helper move the shifter while you verify it is connected. If the shifter is connected, I suspect the problem is in the transaxle. The usual fix for the type of problem is to replace the transaxle.


Once you determine the problem, you can order the replacement parts from the following link. Replacement parts for a Craftsman tractor model 917287031. 


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


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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 30, 2013

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