Model #917256591 Craftsman lawn, tractor

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Q:

Transmission question about Craftsman Kohler Lawn Tractor Model #917256591

A:

Your tractor is most likely going into gear but the axle is spinning inside the rim instead of moving the tractor. When you removed the rear wheel you likely did not notice the "square key #77" that fits into the groove inside the axle opening of the rim. See image below. The square key must align with the groove in the axle when the wheel is slid back over the axle. The "square key" likely fell off when you removed the wheel and it's laying on the floor/grass. If the key is put back on the axle and the key fits into the groove of the rim when you slide the tire back on then your tractor will move. If the key is missing the axle will spin freely within the rim and the tractor will not move.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 20, 2010
Q:

After repairing and remounting a rear wheel and tire I restarted the engine. It has a hydramatic transmission. Now won't go back into any gear. Why?

A:

Your tractor is most likely going into gear but the axle is spinning inside the rim instead of moving the tractor. When you removed the rear wheel you likely did not notice the "square key #77" that fits into the groove inside the axle opening of the rim. See image below. The square key must align with the groove in the axle when the wheel is slid back over the axle. The "square key" likely fell off when you removed the wheel and it's laying on the floor/grass. If the key is put back on the axle and the key fits into the groove of the rim when you slide the tire back on then your tractor will move. If the key is missing the axle will spin freely within the rim and the tractor will not move.

Read More
Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 20, 2010