Model #917388531 CRAFTSMAN Walk Behind Lawnmower, Gas

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Q:

Trying to fit lawn mower bag to frame 917.388531

A:

Thank you for choosing Sears Parts Direct. I will be happy to help with your lawn mower. Upon researching model 917.388531; the frames part number is 194642. It seems as the incorrect one was sent.

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Jeff Wallace Jr -
Sears Technician
August 10, 2015
Q:

need help fixing the cord on the recoil

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I can understand your concern over wanting to know how to fix the recoil cord on your bagger. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did some research on the unit. At this time, I was unable to locate information that would be helpful in regards to your question. Some of these questions that are asked will need specific research and will be answered by an expert with-in two business days but usually sooner.

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Julio -
September 10, 2012
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Thank you for your question on the repair of the starter rope on your 917.388531 mower.

You will need to have about 8 feet of starter rope and then remove the top decorative cover on the top of the engine. There should be two to three 1/4 inch screws that secure the starter housing to the mower engine.

Remove those screws and lift off the recoil housing.

Tip the starter over and remove the staple with a small screw driver and needle nose pliers from the old rope holder.

Then do the same for the rope handle.

I will give you a u-tube video of a guy to shows you how he does the rope repair.

Replacing the starter rope on a Tecumseh engine Craftsman mower .

I hope this will help.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
September 11, 2012
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Q:

I have a 4.5 hp-21" mower. I am replacing the pull rope. How do I rewind the spring to reinstall?

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Remove the handle from the new rope if you already have it on. Secure one end of the starter rope to the inside of the pulley, and assemble the spring inside the starter pulley unwound.

Install the pulley to the starter housing being certain the spring catches on the tang inside the pulley as you install it.

Rotate the pulley to wind the rope inside it as the tension is being built in the spring.

When you have wound the rope until it is near the outer edges of the pulley hold the pulley and run the rope through the hole in the starter housing and hold the rope to keep tension on the spring. You can tie a knot in the rope to keep it from being pulled inside the pulley.

Install the handle on the starter rope and untie the knot if you tied one.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
July 23, 2009

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