Model #917287500 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

snowblower attachment 917287500 Craftsman Tractor

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The snow thrower attachment made for your model of tractor is 486.24837. However, the 486.248381 model's mounting brackets are pretty much the same, so I wouldn't anticipate any issues with it mounting properly.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
December 03, 2014
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change oil message 917.287500

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The service indicator should turn itself back off after about an hour of operation from the time it comes on. It's a timed device so there is no way to manually make it turn off. I have seen a few of them take about 2 hours to turn off. If it goes any longer than that, I would think there is something wrong with the indicator device and it will need to be replaced as it is not a serviceable part.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
September 27, 2014
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change oil message 917.287500

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Thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com, and for being a valued member. 

The service indicator should turn itself back off after about an hour of operation from the time it comes on. It's a timed device so there is no way to manually make it turn off. I have seen a few of them take about 2 hours to turn off. If it goes any longer than that, I would think there is something wrong with the indicator device and it will need to be replaced as it is not a serviceable part.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
September 27, 2014
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Wiring BURNED up, due to empolyee jumping out the fuse! 917287500 Craftsman Tractor

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One of the pages of the parts list diagram on our Sears PartsDirect website has the wiring diagram. Here is a link for that page: Schematic Diagram -- Tractor. That information may help you properly connect the wires.

If you are not able to properly connect the wires using that wiring diagram, then I recommend that you have a service technician repair the tractor. 

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, let us know.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2014
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Lyle, Ok problem was NOT the wiring harness!!! THe harness is almost impossible to incorrectly install! The Commectors will only go on one way and only on the proper mating connection! The problem wa that the ignition switch also was fried when the harness burned !!! Today The new switch arrived and the tractor is back in service and all is well! On another note, both my 917.287500 with a B&S 26hp twin cylinder engine, and my 917276750 18.5 Hp B&S INTEK have been hard to start from the time I bought them!!! Well, since they were down for parts, I decided to check the valve settings! Both engines had loos valves!!!!! I rest all valves to .004" intake and .006" exhaust. And now they both start the way they always should have. Might be good to remember that sthe Briggs engines may have loose valves and resulting Compression jamming at TDC!!!!!

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THOMAS -
May 28, 2014
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Lyle, Ok problem was NOT the wiring harness!!! THe harness is almost impossible to incorrectly install! The Commectors will only go on one way and only on the proper mating connection! The problem wa that the ignition switch also was fried when the harness burned !!! Today The new switch arrived and the tractor is back in service and all is well! On another note, both my 917.287500 with a B&S 26hp twin cylinder engine, and my 917276750 18.5 Hp B&S INTEK have been hard to start from the time I bought them!!! Well, since they were down for parts, I decided to check the valve settings! Both engines had loos valves!!!!! I rest all valves to .004" intake and .006" exhaust. And now they both start the way they always should have. Might be good to remember that sthe Briggs engines may have loose valves and resulting Compression jamming at TDC!!!!!

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THOMAS -
May 28, 2014
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Q:

Engine Dies when PTO is pulled out 917287500 Craftsman Tractor

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com. I regret to hear that you are having issues with your mower and do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. Im looking at your model number 917287500  and your tractor uses an Operator Presence (seat) switch that will cause engine to stall if blades are engaged or the brake is released without anyone on the seat. If ample amount of weight is not kept on the seat during operation or the operator is leaning forward the tractor will stall because the Operator Presence (seat) switch senses that the operator is not completely on the seat. 

To check Operator Presence (seat) switch:

Lift seat.

Locate wires that connect to Operator Presence (seat) switch under the seat.

Disconnect and clean any debris in the switch connector. Use an ohmmeter to check the switch. When the switch is not pushed, the reading should be 0 ohms (closed). When pushed it should read ol ( open load )

Make sure the connector is fully seated on the seat switch. The connector is a special connector that will short the two wires if it is not fully seated.  
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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
May 05, 2014
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Seat Swith is not the problem. ALL pulleys - mower deck and drive are free. Clutch engages when PTO is pulled out. How much tension is on the drive belt when brake is released? Thanks Bob

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Cheryl -
May 05, 2014
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Can anyone tell me how much tension (snug, really tight, somewhat lose, whatever) is required on the ground drive belt? Old part #125907x new part #105732x, 90inches long X 1/2inch.

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Cheryl -
May 08, 2014
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You do not want the belt to be extremely tight with no play and not loose that the belt will slip off. Snug fit will work. 

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
May 09, 2014
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Replaced ground drive belt still dies when PTO is pulled out.

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Cheryl -
May 17, 2014
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I believe it will be one of the safety switches doing its jon but not at the correct time. Here is a link with some post that may help you narrow down the issue. Just click the blue link above to be taken to the page. If you have further questions please resubmit your question for further information.

 
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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
May 20, 2014
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clutch noise 917287500 Craftsman Tractor

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There is most likely an idler pulley that's wearing out. Press the brake down and lock it. Now reach up under the frame (engine OFF) and feel the idler pulleys. You should notice one of them that either doesn't move well or seems to grind when you spin it. If you can't find anything odd with the way the pulleys move or sounds, feel up in the grove of the pulleys to see if there is something jammed up in them (stick, pine cone, etc...)

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
September 16, 2013
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Model # 917.287500 - what is the fluid level in resevoir on hydrostatic transaxle supposed to be

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I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your tractor. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. If you do decide to schedule service and have a qualified technician help you, I have also attached a link to Searshomeservices.com. I hope these links provided assist you.

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Joseph P. -
October 17, 2011
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The transmission on your tractor will take 2.5litres of 10W30 engine oil. Any oil brand will be fine, personally I prefer Mobil brand oils but whatever you prefer to use will work just fine.

In the reservoir there may or may not be any oil in there as it is more of an expansion tank due to the oil expanding when heated (from use).

If you have any further questions please let me know.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
October 18, 2011
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Q:

How do I replace the transaxle fan blade on the Garden Tractor 917.287500?

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It can definitely be difficult to to replace the trans axle on a garden tractor, but it can definitely be done. I have taken some time to research your question here on the Manage My Life website and I noticed that someone else had asked a similar question with a posted response from an expert. I attached the link below if you are interested in viewing. I hope the link that I provided is helpful. Have a great day.

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Alina F. -
June 26, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

Replacing the fan can be difficult. You might be able to replace the fan by just removing the mower deck. This will give you mode room to work. If you cannot hold the pulley while turning the wrench you might be able to use a strap wrench to secure the pulley. If you do not have a strap wrench, they are not very expensive and are sold at Sears. If there is not enough clearance to remove the nut, jack the back of the tractor up and loose the transaxle mounting bolts. This will allow the transaxle to tip down giving more clearance. The option is to remove the fender and the fuel tank. Removing the fender is not going to be easy but I will give the instructions if you need them.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance on replacing the fan.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 27, 2011
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Replace Ground Drive belt on Garden Tractor 917.287500

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I see that one stray part managed to do a lot of damage. The expert will be able to provide all the information to get the tractor back in operation. I did locate and attach the owner's manual for this tractor. It has diagrams and instructions that will also help with these repairs.

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Barbara H. -
June 25, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. It is not often we see a belt do this much damage. The easiest way I have found to work on the drive belt is to remove the mower deck. With it removed, you have more room to work and it is easier to see. The image below shows how to remove the mower deck. It also has a diagram of how the belts should be routed. The second image show pictures of the belt when installed.

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

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 26, 2011
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Mark T and Barbara H, thanks for the helpful diagrams for model 917.287500. I have replaced the drive belt but now have to replace the fan (part #414218; see #153 on the attached image) on top of the pulley on the transaxle. All of the blades were knocked off by the old belt. I have removed the tires/wheels hoping to gain access. I can easily see the nut holding the fan and pulley. I can even get a box wrench over the nut. However, when I turn the wrench the fan and pulley spin freely so I cannot get torque on it. How can I immobilize the fan and pulley so I can put torque on the nut? And, even if I do, can I remove the fan given that the lift arm assembly crosses the width of the tractor within a short distance of the nut...I am concerned I may not be able to slip the fan with blades past the assembly in over the bolt to then attach the nut? I am waiting for the fan blade to arrive so look forward to your help. Thanks again to both you and Barbara for the images of the drive belt...denis

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Denis -
June 26, 2011
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Thank you for your question. Replacing the fan can be difficult. You might be able to replace the fan by just removing the mower deck. This will give you mode room to work. If you cannot hold the pulley while turning the wrench you might be able to use a strap wrench to secure the pulley. If you do not have a strap wrench, they are not very expensive and are sold at Sears. If there is not enough clearance to remove the nut, jack the back of the tractor up and loose the transaxle mounting bolts. This will allow the transaxle to tip down giving more clearance. The option is to remove the fender and the fuel tank. Removing the fender is not going to be easy but I will give the instructions if you need them. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance on replacing the fan. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 27, 2011
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Q:

Wounder if snowblower will fit my lawn tractor??

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Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on Craftsman lawn tractors and their accessories. I did some research for you at Managemylife.com and found an expert answer that will shed some light on this for you until your expert can respond to your specific question. I hope this helps. I also attached a link to Searspartsdirrect.com where you can order a part if needed.

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James -
May 10, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I have checked the model numbers you have submitted. I am sorry those two models are not compatible. The snow blowers I show for your tractor are models 486.24838*and 486.24837*. You can purchase model 24837 form our website: Sears.com .

Please let me know if you need further assistance with the tractor.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 11, 2011
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