Model #917289280 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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BLADE ENGAGE 917289280 Craftsman Tractor

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You will likely need to clean and lubricate the idler bracket on the mower deck that the cable acutates when engaged. They can become stiff with debris and need to be lightly lubricated with penetrating oil or WD40 once clean. Move the lever to engage/disengage when lubricating to help work it in. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
July 23, 2015
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Lawnmower won't start 917289280 Craftsman Tractor

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I am sorry to hear of the starting issue you’re having with the tractor. I know how frustrating that is to have happen.

There are three basics the engine needs: Ignition, Compression, and Fuel.

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. 

If you would feel more confident have a Sears Home Service technician help assist with the diagnosis/repair, you can call 1-800-469-4663, or click here to be directed to the page to set up service.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 29, 2015
Q:

Model 917.289280 what is the torque for part #193003. 917.289280

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The blade bolt will be between 45-55 ft/lbs. of torque. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
March 19, 2015

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