Model #917288280 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Belt Tension Issue 917288280 Craftsman Tractor

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Lawn mower head torque specifications

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I think we all get a little frustrated when a tool we depend on starts acting up on us. I'm sorry to hear that you are having some issues with your Craftsman lawn mower. I did some research at Managemylife website and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond. I have attached the link below so you can check it out.

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James -
May 01, 2012
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Thanks. I am not sure I want to try specs that are not specific to the model I have. Sounds like a good way to break something permanently. I guess I will just have to keep waiting.

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Steve -
May 01, 2012
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Thank you for your question.

I will be happy to assist you. I looked up the model number you submitted. According to the specification sheet, the head bolts should be torqued to 140 inch pounds.

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
May 02, 2012
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Head bolt torque for mower model 017.372851? It's a Sears and R. engine 143.955500 DOM 5016 A Thx!

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Hannah -
November 10, 2014
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What is torque spec for head bolts for model 917.288280

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David -
July 13, 2015
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No headlights 917288280 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

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

There are 4 things that affect the lights on this tractor. It starts with the stator (alternator), then to the ignition switch, from there are the lights themselves, in the middle of all this is the harness.

The lighting system on your tractor functions with 14volts AC (not DC like one might think). To check the system out you will need a volt meter (multi-meter) that can read low voltage AC electricity.

On the engine there will be a harness that comes from under the shroud that should have a red wire and an orange wire. The orange wire is the one we are interested in for the lights but I will have you check both because that will tell us if the stator is working or not. You will want to read AC voltage between the orange wire and ground with the engine running at full throttle. You should have the key switch in the run position where the lights would be OFF when you check the voltage. The stator should provide at least 14 volts AC at full speed with the switch in the run/no lights position. If that voltage is not there, switch your meter to read DC voltage and check between the red wire and ground to see if you have more than 13volts DC. If either of these voltages is not present, there is a problem with the stator and it will need to be replaced.

If you do have the voltage from the stator you can move down to the ignition switch. On terminal "L" there should be a brown wire. Turn the ignition switch to the lights on position (with the engine running) and check for any AC voltage between the brown wire and ground. If the voltage is not there, the ignition switch is bad and will need to be replaced. If you do have the voltage, move down to the light sockets and check for AC voltage between the brown and black wires there with the engine at full speed and the switch in the lights on position. If you have the voltage there and still no lights, the bulbs or socket are the problem. If you do not have the voltage there but you have it at the switch, the harness or plugs are bad.

I hope these suggestions help, and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business.  

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
May 20, 2015
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Thanks for the info. Appreciate the AC note. My field is electronics and have the meters. As soon as our rain stops, I'll pull the cover off and start checking. Thanks much for your prompt reply. You wouldn't, perchance, have those winning powerball numbers?? I'll buy the ticket and splint with you. Once again. Thanks. Glen Hoffman

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Glen -
May 21, 2015
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Checkedall the way from alternator to lights. Had AC all the way. Was checking from wire to chassis ground. Thought for a minute that might have an open ground. Turned out to be loose connection in the socket. Both bulbs were not making contact. Bent the bottom bulb contact on both and now have lights. Thanks much.. Glen Hoffman.. Still waiting on those power ball numbers..

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Glen -
June 23, 2015
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