Model #917288030 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Camshaft issue? Crankshaft? 917288030 Craftsman Tractor

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You probably bent a valve pushrod when you (or your fahter actually) hit the metal spike. Take out the sparkplug and check the valve operation first. 

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
February 05, 2015
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Craftsman Lt2000 issue 917288030 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
I am sorry to hear of the issue with forward and reverse you are having with the tractor, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.

Several things can cause a tractor to not move in reverse or forward. The most likely thing is a broken drive belt. Look underneath the tractor and see if there is a belt that goes from the engine pulley to the transaxle.
You could also have sticking brakes causing the tractor to not want to move forward or reverse. You may need to pull the rear wheels and check the brakes to ensure they are not sticking. Also, if you've had the rear wheels off recently, there is a keyway that needs to be in place, or else the rear wheels will not spin.
When you are looking under the tractor, have someone move the shifter. When the shifter is moved, you should see the shifter on the transaxle move. If the shifter is properly attached, have someone start the tractor and let out on the brake. Now carefully look under the tractor at the Trans axle drive pulley. The drive pulley should be spinning. If the pulley is spinning, the problem is most likely a defective transaxle, or the transaxle needs to be serviced.
If you would feel more confident have a Sears Home Service technician help assist with the diagnosis/repair, you can call 1-800-349-5071, or click here to be directed to the page to set up service.
Hope these suggestions help you isolate the issue, and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2014
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Josh, Josh_s Thank you for your response. After a very frustrating day yesterday we had come to the conclusion we were going to have to load up our tractor ( not a small task!) and bring it to a repair shop. Today our son stopped by before I received your email and it was exactly as you had mentioned...we did change the back tire and we did not put the keyway in..I truly wish we could have talked to you yesterday... we knew the belt was not loose and the pulleys looked intake..we were baffled...I appreciate your knowledge and kindness I only wish Sears had a better way of allowing customers to communication with the technicians..I had to call 4 phone numbers before I received the email information..we are older customers and our computer knowledge is limited... You restored our faith in the technically quality of the current generation. Mrs. C

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christine -
May 28, 2014
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about craftsman lt 2000 lawn tractor 917288030 Craftsman Tractor

A:

Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
I am sorry to hear of the issue with forward and reverse you are having with the tractor, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.

Several things can cause a tractor to not move in reverse or forward. The most likely thing is a broken drive belt. Look underneath the tractor and see if there is a belt that goes from the engine pulley to the transaxle.
You could also have sticking brakes causing the tractor to not want to move forward or reverse. You may need to pull the rear wheels and check the brakes to ensure they are not sticking. Also, if you've had the rear wheels off recently, there is a keyway that needs to be in place, or else the rear wheels will not spin.
When you are looking under the tractor, have someone move the shifter. When the shifter is moved, you should see the shifter on the transaxle move. If the shifter is properly attached, have someone start the tractor and let out on the brake. Now carefully look under the tractor at the Trans axle drive pulley. The drive pulley should be spinning. If the pulley is spinning, the problem is most likely a defective transaxle, or the transaxle needs to be serviced.
If you would feel more confident have a Sears Home Service technician help assist with the diagnosis/repair, you can call 1-800-349-5071, or click here to be directed to the page to set up service.
Hope these suggestions help you isolate the issue, and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2014

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