Model #917289450 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Drive belt tension adjustment 917289450 Craftsman Tractor

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
May 14, 2014
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Front wheel fell off my craftsman tractor.

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While you are waiting for an expert response something you can do is go onto the Sears Parts Direct for diagrams. I have attached the link below if you are interested in viewing. Hope this helps!

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Alina F. -
September 02, 2010
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I will need the model number from the tractor (under the seat) to be able to see how your machine is set up.

Most of our machines have the same wheel spindles and the wheel is held on the same across the board. Basically you will have (starting from the inside) a thin washer, the wheel, another washer, and a “C” clip (there should be a rubber dust cover on the outside). If you look at the end of the axle shaft there will be a ring cut in it maybe 1/4 inch in. That is where the “C” clip sits (in that groove).

You may or may not need the washers behind the wheel on the shaft but you must have one between the wheel and “C” clip. If you don’t, it won’t take long for the wheel bearing to grab the “C” clip and pull it from the shaft.

You mentioned some parts might be worn out. The wheel bearings can wear causing the wheel to fall off. The “C” clip can break or fall off causing the wheel to fall off. The wheel bearing can wear out and wear out the axle at the same time causing the wheel to fall and you will then have to replace the axle (spindle) and bearings.

If you submit back with your model number I can pull a photo of the wheels and spindles up for you. Or you can go HERE and put in your model number to see the pictures yourself.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
September 02, 2010
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Tractor is 26HP, 54'' mower And the model number is 917.289450 I attached a few pictures of it I took today in my original message. I hope you'll be able to see everything. http://img62.imageshack.us/g/img3198mail1600m.jpg/ Thanks

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unnamed -
September 02, 2010
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Okay. I wasn't able to see the photos for some reason to start with. I see them now. Your wheel bearings are shot. In one of the photos it looks as if the wheel hub may be damaged from the bearing being worn out. Maybe it wore down the point of getting into the hub. The bearings are part number: 9040H I would try to put a bearing in it before I replaced the wheel though. If it will hold a bearing it will be fine. If it wont, it will have to be replaced. Wheel is a bit pricey. wheel pt. number: 106228X613 When you install the bearings use a hammer to knock them into place. A 3-5 sledge works great. But any hammer will do. Bigger the hammer, less times you have to hit it.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
September 02, 2010
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Okay, so I need: 9040H two bearings, 121749X two washers, 188967 hardened washer, 12000029 clip and 104757X428 plastic cap. Am I right? Thanks

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unnamed -
September 02, 2010
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yes. that's correct. For one side. If the other side has any wear to it, you may go ahead and replace the bearings there too. If you can lift the mower up in a jack you will want to grasp the wheel and see if you can rock it against the bearings. There can be a little bit of play, but not too much. That is a loaded statement, I know. But it's one of those things where you just have to go by how it feels. If you pull the rubber dust cap on the other side and see any metal powder in the cap you may want to consider replacing the bearings on that side. When you get all the parts replaced, make sure you grease both front wheels with some all purpose grease. Each wheel has a grease fitting so make sure to do that at least once a year. About 5-10 pumps with a grease gun should do it.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
September 02, 2010
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Hello Wade, My craftsman riding mower, model 917273620, had the front wheel fall off the other day. I was told I need wheel bearing. I ordered from Seardirectparts.com the part #9040H, which sears call a flange bearing. Is a flange bearing the same as a wheel bearing? Also, does this particular wheel require 2 wheel bearings? I only ordered one because the one bearing in the front is in intact. I was told that it is very hard to manually drive the bearing down into the wheel, and that it is best to take it to a shop that has a press to install the wheel bearing into the rim. The wheel bearing came today from Searsdirectparts.com, and I noticed that the opening (hole) in the new bearing is smaller in diameter that the opening in the bearing that is still on the wheel, even the the total diameter of the both bearing looks the same. Why is this? Is it because the old spindle (9years old) has worn out a bigger hole into the old bearing that the new bearing has? I would appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks, TOMMYREBEL

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tommyrebel -
May 10, 2012
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The wheel on your tractor should have two flange bearings one on the outside and the other inside that are the same. Over time, the bearing will wear out. The hole in the bearing will get bigger and the wheel will start to wobble. To replace the bearings follow the steps below. � Lift the wheel off the ground and support the tractor. � Remove the dust cap and retaining ring. � Slide the tire off the axle paying close attention to the placement of the washers. � Use a drift punch and hammer to knock the bearings out of the rim from the inside. � Use a hammer and a block of wood to knock the new bearings into the rim. The wood will protect the new bearing from damage. � Reinstall the wheel, retaining ring, and dust cap � Last step is to use a grease gun to lubricate the new bearings. Be sure to inspect the spindle. If it has a groove cut into it, you should replace it also. Thank you for using Manage My Life! Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 12, 2012
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Thanks Mark. I will try that this weekend. The left spindle does have a missing or torn area around the metal hub that the inside wheel bearing fits into. Is a spindle hard to replace. Can you tell me the steps for doing that. Tommyrebel

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tommyrebel -
May 15, 2012
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Tommyrebel, Replacing the spindle is not difficult to do. Once the tractor is lifted and the wheel is removed, take the plastic cap off the top of the spindle. Then remove the drag link and tie rod. The drag link is secured with a nut and the tie rod has a cotter pin. Once you have them disconnected from the spindle, remove the clip on the top of the spindle. The clip is the same as the one used for the wheel. Once the clip is removed, the spindle will drop out the bottom of the axle. Then reverse these steps to install the new spindle. After it is installed, grease the zerks and check the operation. Good luck on the repair. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 16, 2012
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Q:

Will snow blower 486248371 Fit my tractor model 917289450 917289450 Craftsman Tractor

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Good morning.... I can fully appreciate your interest in this compatibility question. Usually, if the equipment is from the same maker and same length or width, they are normally compatible. I will forward your question to an expert who will investigate the matter further and get back to you. You will hear from them within two business days if not sooner. Until you hear from us, have a nice day.

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Henry -
January 24, 2013
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Hello Cory,

I would like to answer your snow blower tractor attachment question. The 486248371 is the correct model number for your tractor.

Please let me know if you would like any further assistance.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
January 25, 2013
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