Model #917288701 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

How do I know if my problem is the drive belt or the transmission?

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I'm sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your lawn 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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Barbara H. -
January 14, 2012
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Thank you for your question. I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I recommend checking the brake first. I have seen the brake stick and cause the problem you are describing. Put the tractor into transport mode or neutral and push the tractor. If you can push the tractor by hand, the brakes are not hung up. If the brakes are fine, put the tractor back in drive mode. Then start it and go forward. Once it starts to slip hook your foot under the brake pedal and pull back on it. If the tractor speeds up the problem is going to be in the idler area. First, check the frame for grass build up. I have added an image below showing where to check. If that is clean check the return spring. If it is stretched, it will not properly tension the drive belt. Please let me know if you need further assistance, on the repair of the tractor. Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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
January 16, 2012
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Mark T. Thanks for your advice. When I kicked back on the brake pedal the forward and reverse returned back to normal. I do not have to keep pulling back to move. I'm guessing when I kicked it back I removed whatever was holding the belt from engaging. I drove it over the yard a few times and it seems fine. I will take a look underneath before my next cut to review the area's in your note. I normally lift the hood and use my blower to remove as much of the clippings that I can.

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Anonymous -
January 16, 2012
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It sound like something was binding. I recommend using compressed air to remove all the old clippings and dirt. Then use WD-40 to lube the pivot points. Just be careful not to get it on the belt or pulleys because it will cause the belt to slip. Please let me know if you find anything else other than clippings and dirt causing the problem. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
January 17, 2012
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PROBLEM STARTING

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I know that this can be a very difficult problem, especially when you need to use the equipment. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I have found a link that will provide some information and troubleshooting for the issue. This include check the fuse, and the solenid, etc. I hope this will help you.

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aashe -
July 11, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor.

  • If I understand you correctly, you have checked the battery and it is fully charged.
  • First make sure the Gearshift on the tractor is in neutral position and blade engagement lever or switch is in the off position.
  • Make sure the brake pedal is pushed down when starting.
  • Clean any corrosion deposits on the battery terminals making sure you have protective eye glasses and clothing that will not be damaged by the acid in the battery.
  • It still is a possibility that the battery may be the issue.
  • If you have jumper cables, I would suggest that you try to jump off the engine. If it starts or turns over quickly the battery is still the issue.
  • I will go through the proper procedure in using jumper cables for starting your tractor.
  • If you are using a vehicle to use as a power source please make sure the engine is NOT running when attempting to jump off the tractor.

  • To get the tractor ready for jumping off the battery, push the clutch foot pedal all the way down and hold it while you lift up on the parking brake lever and then release the clutch foot pedal. This will hold the clutch pedal in the down position.
  • Lift the seat forward to access the battery.
  • Take one Red end of the jumper cable and attach it to the red battery terminal on the known good vehicle battery making sure the other end is not touching any metal surface or the tractor. Put the tractor end of the Red jumper cable to the Red or + terminal on the tractor battery. Next put the Black cable on the Black or - terminal on the supply battery and take the other Black end of the jumper cable and clamp it onto the tractor draw bar at the back of the tractor and make sure is making good connection.
  • With the blade engagement lever in the off position you should at this time be able to turn the key and start the engine on the tractor. As soon as the tractor starts remove the cables in the reverse order. Black from the draw,Black from the power source, Red from the tractor battery and Red from the power source battery.
  • I have included a link to a video on battery jumping on Manage My Life .
  • If this does not work or you do not have a set of jumper cables, we can now consider some of the other components to check.
  • The Red cable that comes from the battery and ends at the start solenoid needs to checked for corrosion and cleaned if any is found. You can also jump across the big Red cabled terminals on the solenoid which will go around the solenoid and eliminate that as cause.
  • Carefully take a large flat blade screw driver and short across the two large terminals on the solenoid. When you do this it will arc or spark and the starter should engage and turn the engine over.
  • If this works check the dc voltage to the solenoid. Have someone try to start the tractor while you check the voltage on the small wires on the solenoid. If you have 12 volts dc the solenoid is defective. if you do not have the needed 12 volts to the solenoid I would suspect a blown fuse or faulty safety switch.
  • The last possibility is that the starter is bad and is drawing to many amps with bad internal windings and or the motor has dry bearings in the starter motor.
  • There could be other electrical wiring issues with in the tractor but I think we covered the most likely possible causes.

If you need further assistance, please reply with more details and a model number.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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
July 13, 2011
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