Model #917254631 CRAFTSMAN lawn, tractor

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Q:

Stuck in a forward gear 917254631 Craftsman 12 h.p. 38" mower tractor

A:

Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If the shifter will move side to side but does not shift the gears, I suspect the shift pin on the shift fork is broken. I posted an image below showing where the pin is located. In order to access the pin the transaxle needs to be removed and disassembled. If you attempt this repair, I recommend taking pictures along the way. You will be able to look back at the images if you need to. Once you have the transaxle removed, take out all the bolts securing the two halves together. Then carefully remove the top half. You want the parts to stay in the bottom half because if the gears come out it is difficult to get them back in the correct place. Once you have the top half off you can remove the old shift fork and install the new one. Then apply a bead of silicone sealer to one-half of the case and reassemble the transaxle. Once assembled check the shifting to be sure it operates. If everything seems ok, go ahead and reinstall the transaxle in the tractor. If you need to order the shift fork, you can do so from the following link. New shift fork for transaxle model number 143.920043.  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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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 01, 2013
A:

Bill, I am sorry you cannot see the image. I suspect you are viewing this question on our partsdirect 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/354933-stuck-gear-917254631-craftsman-12-hp-38amp-34-mower-tractor Once on the Manage my life site you should be able to see the image. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if this does not work. Thanks Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 02, 2013
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Bill, Please let me know if you run into problems. I will be happy to assist you. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 05, 2013
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Q:

I have another a question about not being able to raise the deck high enough on my Sears riding mower. Can you help me?

A:

I am sending you an image of the lift mechanism for your tractor. I was wrong about adjusting the nuts on the lift links because only one lift link on your mower has an adjustment.

Look where the trunnion (item 36) attaches to the lift shaft assembly (item 30). can you put the trunnion and the other lift link in different holes and lift the deck higher? Can you drill new holes to make the deck lift higher?

It looks like that is the only way you are going to get more height on the deck.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
July 11, 2008
Q:

I have a Craftsman riding mower.I want to adjust the deck up to at least 3" but it only goes up to 2.25 inches. Can you tell me how to adjust the deck height?

A:

Be sure something is not binding in the mower height adjustment knob. This knob should lift the deck to cut grass 5 inches high.

If the height adjustment knob is working normally you need to adjust the nuts on the lift mechanism to lift the deck higher. The deck should go from 2.5 to 5 inches high.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
July 07, 2008

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