Model #917258534 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

My riding lawn mower will not go into gear. It is a Craftsman. What could be wrong?

A:

When you say the mower won't go into gear, do you mean the gearshift won't move into position to put the transaxle into forward or reverse? If this is the case look at the linkage from the motion control lever to the transaxle. Something might have gotten loose or damaged.

If the motion control lever moves into forward and reverse, but the transaxle doesn't drive, check the belt from the engine pulley to the transaxle input pulley. The belt might be off the pulleys or broken.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
October 29, 2009
Q:

How do I check the transaxle fluid on my riding mower number 917258543.

A:

The transaxle in your mower uses 80 ounces of 20W50 motor oil. On the top of the transaxle under the fan and pulley is a pipe plug with a vent in it. Remove the plug and measured down to the oil. From the top of the transaxle housing to the top of the oil should be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches.

You will probably have the transaxle removed from the mower for repair. It is much easier to put the oil in while the transaxle is removed from the mower.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 28, 2010