Model #917288420 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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wiring harness 917288420 Craftsman Tractor

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Thank you for your inquiry on your Craftsman Riding Tractor, Model: 917.288420. From reviewing the details on your model, I have included a link to the wiring diagram. The link is found below.

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Safety Warning: Before beginning the repair, disconnect the direct power supply to the tractor to prevent the risk of injury or any electrical shock.

If you don’t feel comfortable or confident in this repair, then you can have it repaired at home by a sears technician. I have the included a link to the website: Sears Home Services or call 1-800-469-4663.

I hope this answered your question. Thank you for contacting SearsPartsDirect.com, and have yourself a wonderful day. 

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Gerry 93 -
Sears Technician
April 16, 2015
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Garden tractor suddenly will not go forward or backward 917288420

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FWIIW, it is a 24HP engine. Just out of curiosity, I pull out the axle disengagement device under the seat and the tractor rolled easily, then pushed it back in. It still rolls easily and never did before which leads me to imagine that something has come loose or whatever and this has caused the condition whereby it will not move in either direction. I am by no means a mechanic though I can understand the general concepts. What do I look for, and how do I get the tractor into a position where I can see what is going on at the "business end" of the disengagement rod? Thanks for the most elementary language in response. BTW, I sure have a lot of grass to mow with rain forecast, any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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Robert -
June 27, 2014
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More: Managed to feel-follow the disengagement rod forward and can feel that it is connected to another rod that seems to go into the transaxle. By pushing and pulling on the rod from the backside, I can feel that the t/a rod is moving in and out, and it would seem by the way it feels that the connection is OK and doing what it is supposed to do. So does this mean there is a problem in the transaxle?

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Robert -
June 27, 2014
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More: Managed to feel-follow the disengagement rod forward and can feel that it is connected to another rod that seems to go into the transaxle. By pushing and pulling on the rod from the backside, I can feel that the t/a rod is moving in and out, and it would seem by the way it feels that the connection is OK and doing what it is supposed to do. So does this mean there is a problem in the transaxle?

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Robert -
June 27, 2014
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This is quite a good conversation that I am having with myself. Hello!!! Hello!!! Is anyone out there?

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Robert -
June 27, 2014
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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Sorry to hear of the issue you are having with the garden tractor not moving adequately, I know how frustrating that is to have occur.
In regards to the grinding, check the transmission belt to make sure it's on each pulley. Also check to make sure it has enough tension. If the belt is too loose the clutching idler (the one that moves when you press the brake) can come into contact with a linkage and grind against it. If all that looks good, it may be one of the idlers has a bearing that are going out or are gone. The transmission itself doesn't have any gears since it's a hydrostatic transmission, so there must be something external causing that sound. 
For the movement issue, I would recommend to do a very close and thorough examination of the drive belt to make sure it's alligned correctly and nothing is binding. If that checks out, you could have a sticking brake caliper.

You will need to check the brake caliper on the right side of the transmission to see if it is seized.
You may want to disengage the free wheel and then start the tractor and move the shift lever back and forth a few times just in case there is air in the transmission. Then re-engage the free wheel lever fully and try it again. The instructions for performing an air purge in the transmission is covered in the owner's manual. 
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 and thanks for using SearsPartsDirect.com. We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 30, 2014
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Hello (again) Josh, and thanks (again) for your post. I see that my reply to yours never got posted somehow, but the problem turned out to be a broken left transaxle. When it was replaced, took the opportunity to replace the drive belt. Also realize that I described it badly. It is not so much a grinding sound as a "groan" that only sounds when I am stopped and push the shift pedal to move forward. I don't think the brake caliper is sticking. It goes away immediately. To my recollection, it has always done this. Hope it is nothing to worry about, although I am curious. Also had to replace the left hub. Did not think to measure the new one against the old one, but I think it is a tad longer. Either that, or there is less axle sticking out of the housing on the left side. This may account for the "missing" washer. After replacement, there is only about 1/8" of play (room for the hub to slide left and right on the axle). Is this enough? Too much? Thanks in advance for your further assistance. Robert P.S. Just had the "reply not posted" problem again, and it seems that even though the top of the page indicates that I am logged in, the login has timed out due to inactivity even though the page was refrfeshed. Just a word of warning to others who thought their reply got posted, but didn't.

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Robert -
July 21, 2014
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Extending the reverse pedal on craftsman mts 5500 riding tractor 917.288420

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When making repairs on a tractor I know how important it is to have detailed information to make the project much easier. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good information to help you with your question. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
June 08, 2011
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There are no adjustments for the direction pedals on this tractor. The pedals are welded in place on the rod and there's not a way to work around that. If you have the seat all the way forward that's really all that can be done.

Is this something that recently became an issue? If so, it may be that something has broken or is loose and is causing this to be a problem. If it's always been this way then it's just a matter of how the pedals are designed.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 10, 2011
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I wear soft sole shoes when I'm mowing. The soft sole made it necessary to press harder than necessary on the reverse petal. I hate having to work any harder than I have to. MY SOLUTION: The reverse petal has a rubber boot/cover that is pressed on to the reverse petal. I pried this off (NOTE: The boot/cover has a little locking tab on the side you have pry out to remove the cover which requires substantial force to remove. I found a little round rock (about 1/2 inch diameter x1/4-1/8 inch thick) in my driveway that I slipped up into the boot/cover and put it back on the reverse petal. This raised the top of the petal about 1/2 inch (perfect for me). I removed the boot/cover again and cut about 1/2 inch out of the locking tab on the side of the boot/cover and replaced it on the petal. SHAZAM---works great. No need to thank me---Dougie

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douglas -
September 28, 2013
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