Model #917293492 CRAFTSMAN Rear Tine, Gas Tiller

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Craftsman rototiller oil draning and filling procedures

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Keeping up with the maintenance on the Craftsman roto tiller will insure you have the tiller for many years to come. This kind of information is covered in the owners manual. I am providing the link, please go to page 16. Hope this is helpful.

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Anna T -
October 10, 2012
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Hello Luther,

I would like to answer your oil change question for you. As far as draining oil is concerned, the engine is the only one that has the oil drained and refilled. The transmission is filled with grease at the factory and there is a zerk on the side for yearly injection of one ounce of grease. The link that Anna T provided his to the owner's manual and Page 11 shows the oil fill plug and that is where the level is checked.

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

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
October 11, 2012
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This procedure needs to be clarified in the manual. There are two metal drain plugs on this engine- one in the front and one facing the rear. There are also two yellow plastic filler ports, again one in the front and one in the rear. I'm assuming this is because Briggs and Stratton also supplies this engine for use in other implements where the rear set would be more useful. ADDITIONALLY: There is a gray plastic fill port above the yellow filler cap on the front. This also contains oil, but it's purpose is not mentioned in the manual. Is this for the "idler bracket" lubrication referenced on page 14 in the manual? If so, how does one drain this reservoir and what volume should be re-filled?

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ben -
August 18, 2015
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rebuilt carb. running erattically 917293492 Craftsman Rear tine tiller

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Your correct, this carburetor does not have a low or high speed adjustement needles. Based on having to place the choke halfway to keep it running indicates the engine is starving for fuel. Looking the parts diagram of the carburetor, it does not have any adjusments. Remove the carburetor fuel bowl bolt which is the main jet. Remove the main jet and inspect and clean any debris from the small holes and then reinstall and see how it runs. If you're not able to get it to run correctly, take the tiller in for repair or replace the carburetor.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 15, 2015
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I took your advice and pulled the float bowl. Turns out the bolt with ports that you spoke of was clean which I was confident I cleaned.....however I found something in the float bowl, Can you guess what it was ?......the welch plug. I Did not flatten it and seal it with finger nail polish. Oops, I guess I overlooked that in the instructions. There is a small opening to the side of the welch plug which I did not seal off because it seemed wrong, I only sealed around the edge of the plug presumably to hold it in place. I hope that is the intention. Anyway it seems to be running fine now.......so thank you very much for your time and expertise........it's very much appreciated. Robert Dalton

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Robert -
April 18, 2015
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wheels won't turn 917293492 Craftsman Rear tine tiller

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Hello glad to help.  Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com
 
I am sorry and do understand your frustration when there is problems with the tiller.
 
Glad to help out.   Im  looking at your Craftsman Tiller model number 917293492.

I see your drive wheels won't turn.   Here are a few options to check:

1.  Check for loose bolt in the transmission pullyeif the tines will turn but the wheels will not.   If loose then of course tighten it.

2.  If both wheels and tines aren't turning then replace the belt.

3.  Check to see that you're operating the tiller properly if the wheels still aren't turning.  Move the shift lever to the forward position and looks at the belt and make sure it is turning.   Then disengage the clutch by lifting the clutch control against the handle.  The wheels should turn and pull the garden tiller forward.

Please "RESUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS IF THERE IS ANY OTHER PROBLEMS".
 
Thank you for your understanding in this matter and I hope we can help you with your future questions and repairs.  Thank you for choosing Sears and using our SearsPartsDirect.com.
 

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Larry L -
Sears Technician
May 22, 2014

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