Model #917272352 Craftsman lawn, tractor

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Q:

Tractor #917272352

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I should be able to assist you with this shifting problem.

On the front of the transmission, on top, you will see little triangle shaped cover (key#19). See image below for location of key #19.One screw holds that cover down. Remove that cover. Be careful doing that because there is a little spring (key#4) under it that is subject to jump out and get away. That would be a bad thing. When you have the cover off, drop several drops of oil down the hole. I prefer to use something my Marvel Mystery Oil for that, but you can use whatever light oil you have on hand. While the cover is still off, hold your finger over it and have someone move the shifter from gear to gear a few times. Then drop a little more oil down the hole. Put the cover back on. Move the gears some more. If you still have the problem, it may get better the more you move the shifter around. If it doesn't get any better or gets worse, then I'd say you have an internal shifting problem. That would be something you'd need a qualified technician to tend to. I have attached a drawing to use as a reference.

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 .

If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 17, 2012
Q:

Craftsman manual tractor #917272352: Wil not crank or start. Has new battery, new filter new spark plug, fresh gas. There are no lights.

A:

Thank you for your question.

  1. First make sure the Gear shift on the tractor is in neutral position and blade engagement lever or switch is in the off position.
  2. Make sure the brake pedal is pushed down when starting.
  3. Check the fuse that is located behind the dash.
  4. Clean any corrosion deposits on the battery terminals making sure you have protective eye glasses and clothing that will not be damaged by the acid in the battery.
  5. It still is a possibility that the battery may be the issue.
  6. If you have jumper cables, I would suggest that you try to jump off the engine. If it starts or turns over quickly the battery is still the issue.
  7. I will go through the proper procedure in using jumper cables for starting your tractor.
  8. If you are using a vehicle to use as a power source please make sure the engine is NOT running when attempting to jump off the tractor.
  9. To get the tractor ready for jumping off the battery, push the clutch foot pedal all the way down and hold it while you lift up on the parking brake lever and then release the clutch foot pedal. This will hold the clutch pedal in the down position.
  10. Lift the seat forward to access the battery.
  11. Take one Red end of the jumper cable and attach it to the red battery terminal on the known good vehicle battery making sure the other end is not touching any metal surface or the tractor. Put the tractor end of the Red jumper cable to the Red or + terminal on the tractor battery. Next put the Black cable on the Black or - terminal on the supply battery and take the other Black end of the jumper cable and clamp it onto the tractor draw bar at the back of the tractor and make sure is making good connection.
  12. With the blade engagement lever in the off position you should at this time be able to turn the key and start the engine on the tractor. As soon as the tractor starts remove the cables in the reverse order. Black from the draw,Black from the power source, Red from the tractor battery and Red from the power source battery.
  13. I have included a link to a video on battery jumping on Manage My Life .
  14. If this does not work or you do not have a set of jumper cables, we can now consider some of the other components to check.
  15. The Red cable that comes from the battery and ends at the start solenoid needs to checked for corrosion and cleaned if any is found. You can also jump across the big Red cabled terminals on the solenoid which will go around the solenoid and eliminate that as cause.
  16. Carefully take a large flat blade screw driver and short across the two large terminals on the solenoid. When you do this, it will arc or spark and the starter should engage and turn the engine over.
  17. If this works check the dc voltage to the solenoid. Have someone try to start the tractor while you check the voltage on the small wires on the solenoid. If you have 12 volts dc the solenoid is defective. if you do not have the needed 12 volts to the solenoid I would suspect a blown fuse or faulty safety switch.
  18. The last possibility is that the starter is bad and is drawing to many amps with bad internal windings and or the motor has dry bearings in the starter motor.
  19. There could be other electrical wiring issues with in the tractor but I think we covered the most likely possible causes.

If you need further assistance, please let me know if you have a volt ohmmeter. If you have a meter, I can give you the checks that have to be done to determine the problem. Also, include a model number with the reply.

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
August 14, 2011
Q:

My Lawn Tractor is making a grinding sound.

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. To find what is needed to repair the transaxle you need to remove the transaxle from the tractor and split the two halves. If it is making a grinding noise, I suspect the failure will be easy to pin point. The problem could be the input but I recommend taking it apart before ordering the parts. The reason is if you need more parts you will be waiting longer and paying double shopping. Please make sure you make note when taking the transaxle apart and pictures of the gears before removing them. Once you have determined the problem order the parts needed and clean all of the parts to endure all of the metal fragments are removed. When you are reassembling the transaxle, pack high quality grease around the gears before bolting the two halves back together.

Please let me know if you need further assistance with the repair.

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 30, 2011
A:

It is possible for the transaxle to be dry in some areas but not likely. The transaxle uses grease instead of gear lube. The transaxle does not have a grease zerk on it to add grease. If you would like to add grease, the transaxle has to be removed and taken apart. While it is apart, inspect the teeth on the gears. If you find any that are pointed, they should be replaced. The part number for the grease is 4300 and can be ordered from the link below. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 03, 2011
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I do not think the transaxle over heated. Occasionally the input bearing can wear causing the area to heat up and the grease run out of the bearing. This will result in a growling input bearing. The bearing can be replaced by using a socket to tap out the old one and then tap the new one in. When putting it back together use some silicone to seal the two halves.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 03, 2011
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The bearings will have some grease but I recommend putting some more in it before reassembly. It is better to have more than not enough. Here is what I recommend when doing this repair. I recommend removing the transaxle first. Take all the screws out that hold the two halves together. Then carefully remove the top half of the transaxle. Once it is off do not remove any of the gears because it will be challenging to put them back in properly. Slowly turn the gears and look for worn or broken gears. Once you determine which parts are needed place the top back on so does not accidently come apart. The parts can be ordered from our parts website:[ Sears Parts Direct | www.searspartsdirect.com?MML=MMLxexpertxmerch ] . Once you receive, the parts remove the top and take pictures of all the gears in place. Then take the gears out in clusters and carefully clean the grease off. All of the grease has to be removed to ensure there are not any broken pieces left in the transaxle to cause problems later. Once it is clean install the parts and pack the transaxle with grease. Then reassemble the tractor. As you can tell this is going to be time consuming, that is why we only install complete transaxles. The cost of labor is usually the same as the transaxle. Please let me know if you need further assistance on the repair. Thank you for using Manage my life. Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 04, 2011
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