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Craftsman Rotary mowermodel #917388960

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How to install belt on Craftsman riding mower 917.289223

I bought a belt for my 42" rider at a Sears store in Marshfield and asked for a diagram on how to install it. Was told to go to sears.com/partsdirect. I haven't been able to find a diagram showing on to put the belt on. Please help!

Posted May 17, 2013


James, May 17, 2013

searspartsdirect.com is always a great resource to find the answers to your parts questions. your sears partsdirect expert will research your question and respond within two business days but usually sooner. thank you for using searspartsdirect.com!

Alina, May 17, 2013

i understand that you want to install the belt on your craftsman riding mower. while you are waiting for an expert to respond, i have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question. have a great day!

Lee, May 17, 2013

page 22 & 24 of your owners manual should be of assistance - yoiu can download a manual @ -- http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/owner_manuals/133890/craftsman-lawn-tractor-1010753l?brand_name_search=917.289223

Rachel Morgan, May 17, 2013

thank you for contacting searspartsdirect.com with your question about how to replace the belt on your craftsman riding mower. i understand how important it is to have the instructions to replace the belt correctly. you question didn't indicate if you were replacing the drive belt or the mower deck belt. therefore, i have included information on both for you. first i have included the link for you to view the owner's manual online. replacing the belts information is on page 24.

owner's manual for craftsman lawn tractor model 917.289223.

since one belt needs to be replaced, i recommend checking the condition of the other belt. they get about the same amount of wear, so it might be a good idea to replace them both at the same time. since i don't know which belt you have already purchased, i have included the links for both belts for you.

drive belt for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.
mower deck belt for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.

i also located a couple of videos for you to view. the models shown in the videos are similar to yours and the basic steps are the same. just click on the links below in blue.

video - how to replace a tractor drive belt.
video - how to replace a tractor mower deck belt.

while you are completing your repairs on your tractor, it is a good time to also complete a tune-up of the engine. in case you have not completed that yet, i have included the tune-up parts for you.

air filter for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.       
pre-filter for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.   fuel filter for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.
oil filter for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.
engine oil for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.
spark plug for craftsman tractor model 917.289223.          

the oil listed comes in a 48 oz bottle. based on the specifications (page 6 of the manual) for your model, you will need 56 ounces of oil so be sure to order 2 bottles.  

if i can be of any further assistance, please respond to this thread. thank you for choosing sears, we appreciate your business.

leanne, May 17, 2013

thanks to all who responded to my belt dilemma! for some reason, i did not receive an owners manual. i have downloaded the pages in the manual pertaining to replacing a belt. thanks again, leelee


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