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Craftsman Tractormodel #917272674

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craftsman LT1000 lawn tractor transmission Slipping

I have a Model # 917272674 craftsman LT1000 lawn tractor and it keeps slipping out of gear. It goes in Reverse fine and if I have it in 6th gear it goes but I literally have to hold the gear shift in all the other gears. it will slip in and out. I just bought it used so I dont know what it is like when it is working properley. I can push it through the gears without the clutch. It never feels like it "snaps" into any gear. Should it? Should I be able to push it through the different gear speeds with ease without the clutch pushed in? I am wondering where to start in my trouble shooting. I would prefer not to have to purchase a whole new transmission.

Posted March 22, 2012


Priscilla V, March 22, 2012

i know how important it could be to have a properly working tractor in your home so that you can keep your grass maintained. while you are waiting for an expert answer i recommend to have a technician diagnose and make repairs, an option is to visit sears home services and use the handy scheduler,which i have provided the link below. hope this helps!

Mark T , March 25, 2012

thank you for your question.

i am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. i looked up the model number you have submitted. the transaxle in this tractor is a manual shift. to shift the gears in on this unit you have to push the clutch pedal in before shifting. once it is in gear it should not come out. if it is, i recommend checking the mounts on the transaxle. i have seen the bolts that secure the transaxle to the tractor come loose and cause this problem. if all of the bolts are tight, i recommend checking detent ball and spring. the image below shows where these are located. the easiest way to access, this area is to remove the mower deck. once the deck is removed take the plug out that is above the spring and ball. just be careful not to lose the spring. if you find that the spring and ball are missing that is the problem. if the spring and ball are there the problem is in the transaxle. for some reason the shift fork is moving freely in the transaxle. usually when this happens, we recommend replacing the transaxle.

i hope this is helpful. please let me know if you need further assistance.

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.

Kerry, March 30, 2012

i checked and everything was good. ordered the new transaxle and waiting for it to arrive

Mark T , March 31, 2012

please let me know if you need further assistance, on the tractor. i will be happy to help.thank you for using manage my life. mark


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