Model #917270630 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Craftsman Tractor Model 917-270630

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Thank you for your question.   I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If you have just replaced the belt, I recommend checking the routing of the belt. If the belt is routed on the wrong side of the keeper, it makes the belt too tight and the blades will not turn off. If the belt is routed correctly, park it on a hard level surface and remove the key. Then look for the return spring on the idler arm. The spring connects between the idler and the front of the deck. This spring is there to pull the idler back to loosen the belt and apply the brakes. Each brake arm has a spring also that pulls the brake into the mandrels. If the springs are ok, check the cable. The cable should be loose when you disengage the places. If it is not loosening when disengaged the cable need to be replaced. The last check to make is on the idler arm. The idler arm has a cam that releases the brakes. I have seen the arm get worn spots where the brake lever rides and cause the mower to not disengage. The image below shows where to look.  I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance on the tractor.    Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct.    If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a  Sears technician.  Here is a link for the website:  Sears Home Services.  Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 07, 2013
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Kalid, The best way to check the check the return spring is by disconnecting the clutch rod from the clutch lever. The image below shows how to remove the mower deck. In the image, I marked where you should disconnect the rod from the lever. Once it is disconnected try to start the tractor. If the tractor starts the spring is in position. If the spring is fine, I recommend removing the mower deck and inspecting the Idler arm and cam rollers. If it looks worn like the image above, I recommend replacing the idler arm/ cam plate. Please let me know what you find. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 11, 2013
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Sears Snow Thrower M# 84226008 and Craftsman 16HP M# 917270630

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Thank you for your question.

I will be happy to assist you. I have looked up the model number you have submitted. I am sorry the snow blower will not fit your tractor. The snow blower is a 1978 model and the tractor 1998. The frame on the tractor is quite a bit different from the tractor the blower was made to fit.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
December 26, 2011
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craftsman lawn tractor drive belt installation

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I have provided you with a set of illustrated instructions on changing both of the belts on your tractor below. Make sure the tractor is parked on a level surface when repairing the tractor. Replacing the ground drive belt is easier if the mowing deck is removed. I have also added the instructions for removing and leveling the mower deck. If you need further assistance, please submit more details.

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Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 28, 2010

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