Model #917377061 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Grass Catcher Needed Craftsman Rotary mowermodel #917377061

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Grass bag is part number 583272301 selling for $ 43.25. If the frame is needed it is part number 194644 selling for $ 29.55.

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Ernest7574 -
Sears Technician
August 13, 2015
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Drive wheel problem on rear wheel drive lawn mower 917.377061. Right wheel does not drive.

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The wheel dragging would make getting the lawn mowed labor intensive. I did some checking and located a similar question that may have some helpful information while you wait for the expert. I attached to the link below. I hope this is helpful.

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Barbara -
October 04, 2012
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I replaced the belt earlier this summer. The left wheel drives as expected. I replace the pawl in the gear pack of the right wheel this summer also. It responded correctly for awhile and now I have a no drive situation again on the right. The gear pack is in front of me on my desk and I cannot see any visible part faults. It is all clean and nothing is siezed. When I activate the gear by hand by rotating the parts the pawl engages every time when on my desk. The parts are not even dirty. This driving me nuts. It's difficult to use the bagger on a hilly lawn with only one drive wheel.

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Chuck -
October 04, 2012
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Hello Chuck,

I would like to assist you with your mower's drive problem. There is a very small spring in the assembly, item #11. If it has broken or is missing, the mower will act exactly as you have described. I have attached an image of the exploded diagram for your assistance, at the end of this reply. Another important thing is that the pinion assemblies are different, there is a right and left assembly. If certain parts are reversed, it will not work correctly either.

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

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
October 05, 2012
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Thank you for your response. Item #11 is in place and in good condition. I understand the need for the spring to return the pawl to the disengaged position so that the wheel can free-wheel. Also the gear assembly is in fact stamped "R" indicating it is for the right hand side. I removed the belt and turned the drive sprocket with a socket wrench. With both wheels off the pavemen, the left wheel engages every time that I test but the right does not. With the right wheel removed I observe the action of the gear during the manual test. The gear engages every time when then is outward thrust on it. This implies internal friction is needed to activate the pawl. When no side load is applied the inner part of the gear pack, the gear does not engage. I believe that axelshaft end play is the culprit. Your response will be much appreciated.

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Chuck -
October 06, 2012
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Hello Chuck,

The rotation of the axle causes the pawl to extend and engage the gear. The gear being held in position (like it would if engaged with the gear on a non moving wheel) causes the engagement of the gear, as you described. If outward pressure needs to be applied to the gear assembly, that usually denotes that the Friction Washer (#37) is not contacting the Drive Disk (#36) correctly. A quick and permanent fix for this is to add a washer that is big enough to only push on the friction washer and not the drive disk, thereby stopping inadvertent rotation of the friction disk.

I have attached an explanation of the drive system at the end of this rep0ly, it is for the front type, but virtually the same mechanism for the rear drive. Please let em know if you would like any further assistance.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
October 08, 2012
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I am having the same problem only with the left drive wheel. I don't see your drawing and don't know exactly where to place the washer. Could you show the drawing again and give the outside diameter of the washer again please? I have already replaced the Pawl but that didn't fix the problem. J

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J -
June 12, 2013
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J, I am sorry you cannot see the image. I suspect you are viewing this question on our parts direct site. For some reason the images are not showing up. I recommend pasting the following link in your browser. http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/319796-drive-wheel-problem-rear-wheel-drive-lawn-mower-917377061-wheel-does-drive Once on the site you should be able to see the image i posted. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 25, 2013
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I can't see an image that is viewable. It's about the size of a large postage stamp. What insane individual designed something with these small parts in a dirty environment? Why don't the replacement part images enlarge? there are all of these small images that are impossible to view. Why isn't there a replacement parts manual that can be downloaded???? Bigger question is why did I buy this thing from Sears in the first place...

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THERESA -
July 03, 2015
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New belt 917.377061

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Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I will be more than happy to help with your lawn mower. Upon researching model917.377061; I have posted an image below of the instructions for replacing the belts for this model.

I trust this information will help you, we appreciate your business thank for choosing Sears.

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CarlosZ -
Sears Technician
May 20, 2015

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