Model #917289340 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

skid plate under the deck 917289340 Craftsman Tractor

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
You are right, I do not see the vortex baffle for this mower deck either, even though I see the mounting holes on the diagram. It appears they are not broken down singly or identified by the manufacturer for this model. 
I did a little digging and found a related model that had the vortex baffle identified. I see it as part number 159770. Because the baffle is not identified singly, I cannot guarantee this is going to be a 100% replacement (I don't know what's currently being used), but I presume this one is the replacement. 
For convenience, I have provided a blue link below that you may click on to be directed to the SearsParts site to view and purchase the baffle if it looks similar. If not, you will need to call us at 1-800-469-4663 and ask the Parts Department to perform a research based upon the model number in identifying the vortex baffle being used. 

Vortex Baffle for Craftsman 42" Deck

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 05, 2014
Q:

Primary drive belt won't stay on my YT3000 22HP Tractor

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Having to constantly reapply the belt doubles your work load. The differences seem to be minuscule. I have provided a link below that will open a page to a variety of links. These links all discuss belt issues. I will also forward your question to an expert on that model number for further investigation. Give them a couple of business days to get back to you. Until then, have a nice morning.

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Henry -
October 09, 2012
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The tractors show to have different transmissions on them, which means that they use different transmission pulleys.

From what you're describing, I would look for something (gum ball, pine cone, wood, etc...) stuck in one of of the pulleys. Most likely the one that the belt comes off of. If there is nothing in the pulley then there may be a belt keeper missing around that pulley. It's also possible, but unlikely, that the pulley "lip" is gone. Typically when this happens it's because it has rubbed and worn off which is accompanied by lots of noise and most of the time this is something you would hear when operating.

Let me know what you find.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
October 09, 2012
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Everything is okay on all the pulleys. When the belt is relaxed with the brake engaged the belt hangs off the back of the pulley above the transaxle by over an inch. When engaged the belt goes under the pulley and gets stuck between the bottom of the pulley and the transaxle case. Have to remove the battery to get it freed from above. I have ordered belt PN 125907x which is 1/2"x90" and I am hoping that will work for me. I looked at everything over and over and cannot find anything wrong. This all started with a new belt PN 130969 which is 1/2"x92". The belt keeper on the belt is there and functioning it is Key No. 225 PN 403319 on the ground drive diagram for model number 917.289342. Thanks

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Tim -
October 10, 2012
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Looking for step by step instructions how to replace a spark plug.

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Part of good maintenance is keeping the spark plugs properly gapped and changed when needed. I located a similar question from a previous expert post as well as the owner's manual which should help get the job done. I attached the links below. Hope this helps while you wait for the expert.

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Barbara H. -
March 04, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I should be able to help you with replacing the spark plug in the engine. First, you need to purchase the spark plug if you have not yet. The plug number is RC12YC and can be purchased from our parts website: Sears Parts Direct . Then you will need a spark wrench or a 5/8 deep well socket with an extension long enough to reach into the spark plug. Once you have those open the hood and locate the spark plug wire towards the front of the engine. Please see the image below. Then use the spark plug wrench to loosen and remove the spark plug. the gap on the new plug should be set to .030 of an inch. If it is set correctly, thread the new plug into the hole and tighten using the wrench.

I have provided an image below showing the location of the spark plug.

Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
March 04, 2011
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