Model #917297032 CRAFTSMAN Rear Tine, Gas Tiller

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I am looking for the part # of the pin that attaches the shift rod bracket to the shaft on top of the transmission. 917297032 Craftsman Tiller

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My tiller sat over winter and part of the summer. I left gas in it and now I can't start it. 917297032 Craftsman Tiller

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Thanks for the inquiry and for using SearsPartsDirect.com.
Sorry to hear of the starting issues you are having with the tiller. I know how frustrating that is to have happen. 
I recommend always running the engine dry before storage, and never store a product with fuel unless you have added Fuel Stabilizer, which keeps fuel fresh for a year. Even then, I would run it dry. 
If the fuel has gone stale and been stored in the tank for approx. 9 months, you may have a seriously gunky carb, fuel tank, and possibly rotted fuel lines. This ethanol mixed fuel is really hard on fuel systems, especially when it goes bad.
I would pull the carb from the engine. With a full can of carb cleaner, a wire brush, and a bread tie wire to poke through and clean the main jet; I would recommend a very thorough cleaning. Start by taking off the float bowl. Douse it very liberally with carb cleaner, and undo the pin for the float, and remove the needle and float. Clean them very thoroughly with the wire brush and carb cleaner. Pay close attention to the seat the needle sits in and clean it well. Once clean, start brushing the carb bowl and body and make sure you get all the varnish out. It may take three or four brushings with carb cleaner dousing in-between. From there, take the straw of the carb cleaner and shoot carb cleaner through any little hole or passageway of the carb. Shoot out the throat of the carb and poke the main jet with the bread tie wire. You have to make sure you get everything the first time, if you leave anything behind, it’s likely to reclog once you have it reassembled. 
Check the fuel lines for cracking or deterioration. If so, replace them. The tank is probably going to be grimy as well. Shoot carb cleaner into the tank and remove the fuel line so the varnished fuel/carb cleaner mix can drain. Shoot it until the carb cleaner comes out mostly clear without stale fuel. 
If you need the carb rebuild kit, it is part number 792006. The carb assembly is 798653. I have also linked the parts breakdown for this Briggs engine below. Click the link to be directed to Sears Parts to view and purchase any of the needed parts for the engine. 

Parts Breakdown for Briggs 120202-3780-B1

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 02, 2014
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Model #917297032 Tiller craftmans I cann't get it into gear it stays in nurtral WHY?

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I understand you are not able to get any where when the Craftsman tiller will not move.  Please check out the link provided on a similar issue. Hope this is helpful while waiting for additional information.

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Anna T -
May 17, 2013
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Thank you for your question. I am sorry you are having a problem with the Craftsman tiller model 917297032. On the side of the transmission case, near where the shifter goes in, you will notice a silver colored rod end. It will be flush or almost flush with the side of the transmission case. Take your 3-n-1 oil and cover the end of that shaft with the tiller tilted a good bit on it's side. Try working the shifter. You can even tap on that silver shaft end while working the shifter to see if you can pop it into gear that way. Usually once you get it back into a gear you can add grease to the transmission and be ok. I have also took a smallish hammer and pecked at the top of the shifter shaft where it goes into the transmission while working the shifter. Sometimes, they just do not come unstuck and the transmission will have to be repaired or replaced. If you do manage to get it unstuck, I would for sure recommend putting some grease in the transmission when done. Please let me know if you have any further questions. If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services . Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2013
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