Model #917296040 CRAFTSMAN Rear Tine, Gas Tiller

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Q:

transmission on tiller appears locked in "forward, no till position". 917296040 Craftsman Rear tine tiller

A:

Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I will be happy to help with your tiller. Upon researching model 917296040; inspect the parts leading to the transmission. Look for any damage or wear. I recommend calling our repair department if the issue is in the transmission.

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Jeff Wallace Jr -
Sears Technician
April 22, 2015
Q:

Rear Tine Tiller with DRT 917.296040 this little pony just won't drive 917296040 Craftsman Rear tine tiller

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Thanks for the inquiry and for being a valued member.

There are a series of gears/cogs between the input shaft and the ground drive shaft in the transmission of your tiller. If one of those gears wore out or the shaft it rides on moved (wear or damage) then it would certainly cause problems with the unit being able to drive and/or spin the tines.

I generally do not recommend the average consumer opener up the transmission and try to repair it. It can be a bit daunting if you're not used to doing that sort of job. You may want to consider having the machine seen by a qualified technician to see about the repairs.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
April 13, 2015
Q:

replacing spring/clutch cable

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Managemylife.com is always a great resource to find the answers to just about anything. Your expert will research your question and respond within two business days but usually sooner.

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Alina F. -
November 15, 2011
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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tiller. We do not have written instructions on how to replace the cable. To attach the cable to the engagement handle you will need to squeeze the handle to remove it. Then feed the handle through the loop in the cable. Once you have it fed through, go ahead, and reinstall the handle. Now route the cable in the same manner as the old one was. To attach the cable on the other end loosen the cable clamp and remove the old cable. If the old cable is attached, unhook it and hook the new cable to the idler. Then reinstall the cable in the cable clamp and adjust the cable per the instructions below.

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
November 16, 2011
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I have the same problem, spring snapped off, got new cable, but I have no idea where the spring hooks to. Diagram above is way to small to see.

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Denny -
July 11, 2014
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