Model #917270743 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

What weight and how much transaxle oil is needed in transmission on Craftsman garden tractor 917270743?

A:

This transmission uses 80 oz. of 20w50 oil. The fill level is 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" below the fill plug at the top of the bell housing.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 20, 2010
Q:

I just bought a used Craftsmen 917.270743 riding mower. It was starting and running great so I thought I would wash it. No it won't even turn over. Any idea? 917270743 Craftsman 42" lawn tractor

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

 Your mower has several safety features that can prevent the mower from starting. There is a operators presence switch under the seat, you must be sitting on the tractor seat and the brake pedal must be pushed before starting the tractor and the blades should be dis-engaged. If the blades are engaged and you step of the tractor, the engine will die and it will not start.  If you washed under the seat, the operators presence switch may have gotten wet. You should also check and make sure the operators presence switch is making a good connection too.

There is also a fuse connected between the starter solenoid and ignition switch and if it has failed, it will not start.

I added a link to the Owner's Manual in case you do not have it. 

 I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post. 

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 02, 2013
Q:

riding mower dont click

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having this problem with the tractor. First, make sure the engagement lever is down and the brake pedal is fully depressed or the tractor will not attempt to turn over. If you have already done this, I recommend checking the fuse. The fuse is located behind the dash. If the fuse is good, you have a wiring or switch problem. The easiest way to pin point the problem is with a volt meter. If you do not have a meter, you can purchase one relatively cheap.

Turn the meter to check dc volts, and then hold the black lead to the black negative battery terminal for all of the voltage checks. Place the red lead on the positive terminal of the battery. The reading should be 12 volts. If you have a 12 volt reading, move the red lead to the first blue dot in the image. Your reading should be 12 volts. If you have 12 volts, have someone sit on the tractor and hold the brake pedal while turning the key for the rest of the checks. While they have the key turned to the start position, move the red lead to the next blue dot. The reading should always be 12 volts. Then move to the next blue dot. If you lose the 12 volts, the problem is between the last blue dot you had the voltage and where you lost the voltage. If you have 12 volts all the way to the white wire on the solenoid, the solenoid or the starter is defective.

To determine starter or solenoid short the two large posts on the solenoid together with a screwdriver. There should be a spark it is normal. Once shorted the starter should run.

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 18, 2011