Model #917288050 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Craftsman Lawn Tractor

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I know that it can be very inconvenient for you not to have your tractor working properly.  While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached a helpful link below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Yadira B -
March 20, 2013
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Thank you for your question. I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If the cable does not retract or engage fully, I suspect the idler on the mower deck is rusted. When this happens, the idler will not move when the lever is engaged and disengaged resulting in mower deck failure.  Recommend loosening the idler pivot bolt first. Then soak the pivot with penetrating oil and work the idler by hand. Once you have it freed, tighten the pivot bolt and check the operation. The image below shows the pivot bolt.   I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.  Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
March 21, 2013
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Why won't my lawn mower start?

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Starting problems with a mower when there is work to be done can be frustrating. I was able to locate a similar question that may help while you wait for the expert. I also added a quick video that may have some helpful tips. Both links are below. I hope this information helps to get the tractor moving.

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Barbara H. -
May 20, 2012
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Thanks for contacting ManageMyLife.com. I understand how frustrating it is having trouble with a tractor that will not start. We are here to help. You need to check the charge on the new battery. New tractor battery's generally need a charge. The tractors charging system will not do that. You need to hook it up to a battery charger. Barbara did provide you with a good link on this problem. I recommend that you use it. Just click here to view that link. I hope this helps.

If you do not feel comfortable repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears Technician. You may visit SearsHomeServices.com and click on the red next now button.

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John H -
Sears Technician
May 21, 2012
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Mower turns over but won't st gas flowart

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When your lawn is in need of a fresh cut it is disappointing to find your mower won't start. I can see why your in need of some advice. I was able to find some great links that include helpful information for a lawn mower that won't start. I attached the links below. I would suggest providing the full and complete model number to better assist the expert. Just add to this thread. I hope the links provided assist you.

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Jackie S -
April 29, 2012
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my mower is a 917.288050

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Chris -
April 29, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I the details of your question you did not state if the tractor turns over but does not start or the tractor does not turn over at all. I am going to assume the engine turns over but does not start. First, go back to the spark plug. Remove the leads, or wires, that connect from the engine to the plug. Remove the plug and put them back in the leads. Now position the leads so the metal end of the plug is against the engine or another clean unpainted metal ground point. Keep your hands away from the plugs so you do not get shocked, and turn the key to the start position. Look for sparks at the ends of the Spark Plug. Look carefully as they might be hard to see in sunlight or other bright lights. If there is spark there then you have ignition, the first of the three basics. If not, you likely have an electrical problem that needs to be traced. The engine should have been spinning over faster once the plug was removed and you should hear air rushing out of the spark plug holes in puffs. You could even try putting a thumb or finger over each plughole to see if the pressure pushes your finger off when turning over, just be careful not to touch the grounded plugs so you do not get shocked. If that all happens then you have the second ingredient, compression. If not then you may need a valve adjustment or may have a broken component inside the engine. That leaves fuel. Check the tips of the plug you just removed, if fuel is reaching the engine there should be some residue there and they should look somewhat wet. If you used your finger to check compression then you may even see some residue on your finger. If there is fuel here, your problem may be old fuel or a timing issue. Try putting a small amount of good fuel into the throat of the carburetor and turn the key to start. If your problem is fuel related only, the engine should now try to start, or even run, until the fuel you put in is gone. That would indicate the fuel supply is being stopped in the fuel tank, fuel line, fuel filter, fuel pump, or carburetor. Some carburetors have a solenoid to stop the fuel supply when the key is off and a malfunction there could also be the problem. I hope this is helpful.

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If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 02, 2012
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