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Craftsman Mowermodel #917374544

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Craftsman 917.374544 lawn mower

I have been reading this conversation (http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/301656-installation-part-434993-cable-craftsman-917374544-mower) with great interest. I also have the Craftsman 917.374544 Mower. The red drive control handle snapped off while I was cutting grass. The mower is still under warranty and I was sent the entire drive control unit long with the attached drive control wire with the fittings that attach to the drive motor/belt. Based on the above existing conversation and especially the photos, it looks like I could just replace the red plastic handle within the drive control unit instead of installing the entire unit. I have no problem replacing the drive unit itself, but what concerns me is the wire that is attached to the actual drive motor and/or belt. Could I just replace the red lever itself if I open up both drive units? I am quite familiar with installing garbage disposals and doing plumbing, but messing with the drive motor of a lawn mower concerns me!

Posted June 19, 2012

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Marc H, June 19, 2012

It would be great if the handle can be installed by itself. I did some research but was not able to find an answer. I am adding a link below to the parts list for your mower. I do hope that this will help you until your expert answers your question. It may take 24-48 hours. I do hope that all goes well.

Betty, June 19, 2012

Thank you so much! actually this is the drive control unit I have. It is 1 on this diagram: http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Craftsman-Parts/Walk-behind-lawn-mower-Parts/Model-917374544/0247/1500600/1102741P/00002

Mark T , June 20, 2012

Thank you for your question.



I am sorry you are having a problem with the mower. I will be happy to assist you. I believe you can take the control assembly apart and replace just the lever. I posted an image below that shows the parts of the control. Just click on the image to enlarge it. Before taking the new control apart, I recommend taking the old control apart first. If you find it is too big of a pain, you can install the new cable and control.



I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.



Mark.

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