Model #917270930 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

tractor will not move 917270930 Craftsman Tractor

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.
 
The failure could be as simple as one of the axle keys may have fell out or sheared linking the rear wheels to the axle.  I added a link to Searspartsdirect and on the ground drive page it shows key #77, if one of the two axle keys (#77) has fallen out or sheared, the axle will spin but it won't drive the rear tires. Remove the axle cap on the rear wheels and see if the axle is spinning inside the wheel. If so, the key is missing or sheared. If the keys are not sheared, the failure is likely inside the transmission. Be sure to check and make sure the drive belt is not broken or off one of the pulleys. If it is transmission failure, I strongly recommend calling a service technician or take the mower in for repair.
 

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 03, 2014
Q:

Will the Craftsman snowblower (model no. 842.240723) fit on the Craftsman tractor (model no. 917270930)?

A:

The snow thrower model 842.240723 was manufactured in the eighties. The tractor, model 917.270930, was manufactured in 2000.

I don't think the older snow thrower will mount on this tractor.

Our information shows the correct snow thrower for your tractor is 486.24838.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
February 09, 2010
Q:

I have a Craftsman lawn tractor model 917270930 what year is this tractor?

A:

Your tractor was manufactured around 2000. If you would like the exact date look on the serial number of the tractor.

The first 6 digits of the serial number are the date code. The first 2 digits are the month of manufacture. The second 2 digits are the day of the month. The third 2 digits are the year of manufacture. An example would be 041300. This would indicate April 13, 2000.

You can look at a parts diagram for your product at [www.searspartsdirect.com]. This will help in locating the parts on the product. You can get an owner’s manual at [http://www.managemylife.com/].

You need to decide if the problem is no fuel or no spark.

Remove the spark plug and hold your finger or thumb on the hole the spark plug screws into. Get someone to pull the starter rope or engage the starter and the compression should push your finger off the spark plug hole. This will tell you the valves are operating inside the engine and you have compression.

Pour a thimble full of fuel into the hole the spark plug came out of. Quickly install the spark plug and pull the starter rope or engage the starter. The engine should try to start. This would tell you there is a spark and the engine will run if you get fuel. If the engine doesn't try to start, pour another thimble full of fuel into the cylinder. Look at the anode of the spark plug and see if it is wet. Try to start the engine again. If it still doesn't try to start, remove the spark plug and connect the ignition wire to the spark plug. Hold the bottom of the spark plug to a clean area on the engine block. Use insulated pliers or gloves to hold the spark plug to prevent shock. Get someone to pull the starter rope or engage the starter and see if you get a blue spark from the anode of the spark plug to the base of the plug. If there is no spark the ignition module on the engine is bad.

If you have spark the problem is in the fuel supply. Did you run the engine after draining the fuel to burn the fuel out of the carburetor? If not the carburetor will be clogged with the remnants of the old fuel and need to be replaced. If you ran the fuel out of the carburetor, the diaphragm or float is probably just dry and not flexing. You should take the carburetor apart and clean and soak the diaphragm with fuel or clean the float and needle and seat..

If you need more advice after trying these things, send another email and include the details of your tests and we will try to help.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 02, 2009