Model #917297141 CRAFTSMAN Rear Tine, Gas Tiller

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Shifter/Transmission Problem 917297141 Craftsman Tiller

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Alina -
May 03, 2013
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It sounds like the gears in the transmission may have jammed or broken. Try this: On the right side of the transmission you should see the shaft end that looks like the photo below. This will be to the side of where the shifter comes out of the transmission. Turn the whole tiller to where this spot is facing up (more or less). Now spray the shaft in the collar there down with some penetrating oil (I use Marvel Oil). Let it sit for awhile and then spray it again. You cannot really over-do it with this step. After several hours of the area being soaked with oil, stand the tiller back upright and then hold pressure on the shifter (as if to shift) while you use a ball-peen hammer (the ball side) to tap on the shaft end that's in the collar. This may break it free inside and get things shifting again. If it does, make sure to pump some grease into the transmission if yours has a grease fitting for this. If doing this does not change anything then you'll need to open the transmission up for repair or replace the whole transmission. I have about a 50% success rate with doing this, so it's certainly worth a shot.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
May 05, 2013
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Wade B., There was not a photo with your response to me. Please resend. Thanks !

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Jerry -
May 06, 2013
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I can see it from my post yesterday. I've attached it again though, just in case something is weird with the website. It's a drawing rather than an actual photo. I can't seem to find where I put the photograph on my computer, but I do have the drawing. the area in question is circled in red.

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Wade_B -
Sears Technician
May 07, 2013
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Why do I have 2 oil caps on my 850 Series 17" tiller?

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Without the model number of your tiller, I am not able to see the exact model that you have. Based on your description, I think that you have a tiller model 917.297141 or a similar model. On this model, there may be caps that appear to be oil caps. The lower cap will normally be yellow and has "oil fill" embossed in the cap. This is the cap that you should use to pull and fill the crankcase with oil. You do not need to use the plug that is above this oil fill cap. Follow the instructions in your owner's manual for draining and filling the oil. If you have a model 917.297141 and do not have the owner's manual, here is a link for your manual: Owner's Manual

If you have a different model or need more help, resubmit your question with additional details and the full model number of your tiller.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 23, 2009

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