Model #917289452 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

mower deck moving side to side and catching. 917289452

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Thank you for your inquiry on your Craftsman Tractor, Model: 917.289452. From reviewing the details on your model, I always suggest following the manual but here is some information and hope it helps out Park the lawn mower on level ground and set the brake. Use the hand lever to raise the mower deck to its highest position. Measure the distance between the bottoms of the mower deck to the ground with a tape measure on each side of the mower deck. The distance should be within one-quarter inch from each other. If it is necessary to adjust the side adjustment, do so from one side only. Tighten the lift link adjustment nut with a wrench. The lift link adjustment nut is under the mower deck suspension arm. Tightening the nut will raise the side of the mower deck, and loosening the nut will lower the mower deck. Each full turn will raise or lower the side of the mower deck one-eighth of an inch. Measure each side again with the tape measure and adjust as necessary. After leveling the sides of the mower deck, you will need to level the front and back. Measure the distance from the rear bottom and the front bottom of the mower deck. The front should be three-quarters of an inch lower than the back. Locate the adjustment links on each side of the mower. The links connect the front of the mower deck to the catches in front of the front tires. There are two nuts on the front of each adjustment link separated by a metal spacer. Lower the front of the deck by loosening the front nut on each adjustment link the same number of turns with a wrench. Measure the distance again on the front and rear of the mower deck. When the adjustment is made, tighten the rear nut against the metal spacer to secure the link. Raise the front of the mower deck by loosening the rear nut on each linkage and tightening the front nut on each linkage the same number of turns. After the adjustments are made, tighten the rear nut to the metal spacer.

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
May 08, 2015
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Gerry. I appreciate your info on my problem, but you didn't answer the problem that I am having. You told me how to adjust the side height and front to back height. But I am having movement from side to side in the amount of about 6 inches. It moves so much that the deck lift arm and bracket catch on the chains. I have replaced the deck to frame stabilizer arms and bolts, with no remedy. will a anti sway bar correct this problem?

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Steve -
May 27, 2015
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Craftsman 917.289452 keeps blowing the PTO switch

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I understand how frustrating this can be. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I found a great link in the ManageMyLife website on your problem. Click here for the link. Have a nice day!

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Dezeray S -
July 03, 2013
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Since you weren't able to find a diode, it may be part of the clutch. That being said, I have a feeling that your clutch is causing the problem. I have attached a document to help you check a few things with your PTO clutch. Again, I have a feeling that the PTO clutch is causing this problem, but it certainly doesn't hurt anything to check a few things and make sure.

Thank you for using Manage My Life!

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 03, 2013
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In looking yet again for an in-line diode, I did find a "protection loop" just above one of the connections going to the clutch. It is just a loop coming out and going right back into the plastic connector. Can this also be considered a so called "diode". This is the only wire anomaly I could find. Any suggestions. I am willing to replace the clutch, but I would hate like heck to replace it and still have the same problem.

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john -
July 06, 2013
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I don't think the loop is going to be the diode. My experiences with these have been that there is no mistaking the diode because of the way they're shaped and in the line. They usually appear like a knot in the wire run.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 06, 2013
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So, the diode will either be in the clutch, or it will be fairly visible in one of the wires going down towards the clutch. Also, it would probably be under one of the rubber protectors, most likely under a heat shrink wrap.

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john -
July 06, 2013
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Yes, the diodes are covered with heat shrink tube. Or they are part the clutch itself. Both cases have pros and cons.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 07, 2013
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Thanks Wade. I will look under all the heat shrink. If no diode is found, I guess my last hope will be, to bite the bullet, and to change out the clutch. I just didn't want to spend that kind of money, and then still have the same problem. Thanks for the advice.

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john -
July 07, 2013
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Wade.....I just wanted to let you know that I finally replaced the clutch, and the tractor runs like a charm. I used it for about 6 hours without a problem, You were right all along. Thanks for the advice. Now, I need another expert opinion, although I think I know the answer. Can I safely put a deck from a 54" craftsman onto a 42" Poulan with a 18.5 HP Briggs engine. I would be doing it just to increase my cut path as I cut about 2.5 acres every week. I'm pretty sure I can make it fit, but I don't want to kill the engine with the extra work. Thanks.

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john -
July 31, 2013
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It is not recommended by the manufacturer. Here's what I do know: If it hangs and the tractor can carry it then it's no problem. I've never put one on that's that big of a deck, but i have removed a 42" and put a 50" in its place. I have also taken a 38" Husqvarna deck and put it on an old Ford mower. So deck swaps can work, it's just a matter of getting them to hang and it not being too much of a load for the tractor.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
July 31, 2013
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Thanks again Wade.

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john -
July 31, 2013
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Q:

Where do I find a schematic diagram (breakdown) for Model #917289452 Craftsman Tractor engine?

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Having a schematic of the engine can be very helpful. I did some research on your model number but was not able to find a schematic of the engine. Your expert will be able to help answer your question. It may take two business days for your expert to respond. I do hope that everything works out on the tractor.

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Marc -
January 09, 2013
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You're going to want to find the engine model number to get a parts diagram for the engine. My engine's part number is stamped on its right side (from tractor's seat view point).

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Adam -
January 10, 2013
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Hello Alan,

I would like to assist you with your engine diagram search. The engine on your tractor is a SV735-0016 Kohler Engine and the information that you have requested can be found at this link: engine diagram. Please let me know what the tractor is doing and I'll be happy to assist you in sorting it out and repairing it if you would like.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
January 10, 2013
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Jerry.. Thanks for the info. Have copied [nto my mtc. records. Took out the starter and found it badly chewed up. Will replace. After reading comments re. this particular engine, can this be a common problem or possibly only an anomaly?

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Alan -
January 11, 2013
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Hello Alan,

It was an extremely rare occurrence for me to see this as a field technician and even now where I get a very broad swath of malfunctions handed to me on a daily basis, I still see very few. I would like to assume that this is definitely an anomaly, but I will caution you to be very careful when it comes to inspecting the mounting of the new starter. Because this is such a rare occurrence, there may be something underlying the failure that you have experienced.

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

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
January 11, 2013
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