Model #917376582 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

Can you tell me how to attach the spring end of the drive cable to the trasmission of my Craftsman mower? Model # is 917376582.

A:

Appliances can exasperate us as we try to find resolutions to these issues. Having to do repairs on a appliance yourself can be a challenge. I have taken the time to research on the Manage My Life website and have located some information that you may find interesting. While you are waiting for an expert to reply I have attached the links below.

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Priscilla V -
June 12, 2011
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I have attached the directions for the cable replacement and some photographs of the one we have here. If you have any further questions please let me know.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 14, 2011
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Thanks but the directions say to "install the spring into the gearbox".which tells me nothing since it will not fit into the gear box. The pictures you sent are not the same as the model I have. I see from the pics how the very tip of the springs should be placed through the hole but my question is about how to actually get it to that spot.The tip of the spring should be attached to a piece that pivots. There is already one spring attached to one side of that moving piece. If I go straight down there is another plastic piece in the way - the one with the elongated slot on the top (pic 1). There is no way around that elongated piece so I am assuming the end of the cable, that has the small bulb on it, goes through there which will leave the body of the spring resting on top of that elongated slot, with the long curved end hanging over the side to fit into the movable piece underneath. I see no other way for this configuration to work. But, again, the bulbed end of the cable will not fit through the elongated slot. Does anyone have a picture of this model (917376582) with the drive cable intact? I double checked that I ordered the correct cable from the online site and I did but I wonder if it correct. Thanks

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Rick -
June 14, 2011
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The tip of the spring should fit into the elongated slot. The spring should have a straightened out end after the coils. Rather, it should make a sort of stretched "z" shape at the end. What does the end of the spring look like on the cable you have?

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 15, 2011
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I've attached 2 more pictures. One is with the spring pulled up a bit to reveal the bulbed end of the cable. The other is with it covered by the spring. The straightened out end certainly can go into the elongatede slot but it will not stay there. There is too much slack in the cable. Does the bulbed end go into that slot or is it just there to hold the spring onto the cable? Thanks

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Rick -
June 15, 2011
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The ball on the end of the cable is just there to connect the spring to the cable. The end of the spring goes into the elongated slot. The excessive slack in the cable, that's causing the problem, has to be taken up on the top end. There should be slack in the cable but not so much to where it will cause the spring to come out of the elongated slot. I attached the full directions to replace the cable on the top end. Go through and make sure you have the top end installed correctly. It's easy to get that end of it wrong and I have a feeling the top end may be where our problem is. Let me know what you find and thanks for including the photos as this really helps me to get an idea of what you see.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 15, 2011
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Once the tip is in the elongated slot, what keeps the spring from spinning and coming right out of the slot? Seems there is way too much area inside the slot for the tip to slide around in. I'll take a look at the instructions you sent and give that a try to reduce the slack. Thanks!

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Rick -
June 15, 2011
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Okay. Still not working. I inserted the end of the spring into the slot but there is nothing to keep it from coming right back out. The end of the spring should go into some hole so it is secure. There is nothing in the elongated slot to hold it in place and nothing close by to hold it in place. Am I missing a piece? The only thing even remotely close to fitting is the small hole in the moveable piece underneath (see second picture). And the spring end will reach that hole on the moveable piece but it will bypass the elongated slot and STILL not engage the transmission correctly. I will take up the slack in the cable as soon I get it attached to something. This is bordering on the ridiculous. If possible can you please take a look at my model? I can see similarities in the other models you are referring but none of them are correct. Thanks again.

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Rick -
June 18, 2011
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This is what I found out. The end of the spring does NOT go into the elongated slot. The end of the spring goes into the small hole on the moveable piece underneath. Once the spring on top get reattached, the transmission gets pulled into position so the moveable piece is directly underneath the cable (the elongated slot that was in the way is now pulled forward and out of the way). I disassembled the lever on the handle to take up any slack in the cable by turning the nut on the cable assembly. There is still some slack, so the mower doesn't pull as fast as it once did, but it does move and will be helpful. If the cable were just a bit shorter then it would be perfect. I could be that the belt is a bit slack too. I;m sure that will be next on my list of things to replace on this mower. Thanks!

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Rick -
June 18, 2011
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I'm glad you got somewhere with this. I've been trying to find some photo's of this model and have come up empty handed. The drawings on file for it are just not detailed enough to show the situation, which just made it worse. I do think you're correct that the belt may be a bit slack, is that the original belt? If so it would certainly be suspect as they do stretch over time. I'm sorry there was bit of confusion on this, normally we can find photos and diagrams of almost everything. The drive system seems to have changed a few times over the last 10 years and we just don't have good photos of each change. Thank you for updating me and explaining it.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
June 20, 2011
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