Model #917272660 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

trying to replace the drive belt on a sear riding mower model # 917-272660

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. It looks like this is a duplicate question. I will post the information from the other question below.

If I have understood your question, you have replaced the belt but it does not seem to be tight. First, make sure you have the correct belt the belt is routed correctly. The part number for the belt is 140294 I have provided you with an image below showing how the belt should routed. The image has the instructions for removing the mower deck. I find it easier to replace the drive belt with the deck removed. Once you have confirmed the belt is route correctly, release the brake. The brake clutch spring should tension the belt. The spring will take the slack out of the belt but it will not hold the belt very tight. If you pull on the belt, it will seem loose. As long as the slack is removed when the brake is leased the tractor should drive. I recommend testing the operation before installing the deck.

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 .

Thanks for using Manage My Life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
March 31, 2011
Q:

i do i tighten a belt on a sears riding lawnmower

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If I have understood your question, you have replaced the belt but it does not seem to be tight. First, make sure you have the correct belt the belt is routed correctly. The part number for the belt is 140294 I have provided you with an image below showing how the belt should routed. The image has the instructions for removing the mower deck. I find it easier to replace the drive belt with the deck removed. Once you have confirmed the belt is route correctly, release the brake. The brake clutch spring should tension the belt. The spring will take the slack out of the belt but it will not hold the belt very tight. If you pull on the belt, it will seem loose. As long as the slack is removed when the brake is leased the tractor should drive. I recommend testing the operation before installing the deck.

Please let me know if you need further assistance on the tractor.

Thanks for using Manage My Life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
March 31, 2011
Q:

Riding mower will not start.

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. The fuel cap has a vent that should allow air to replace the used fuel. If the vent is plugged, fuel will eventually stop flowing from the tank. The fuel filter and the fuel pump if your tractor has one could also cause the same issue.

If you do not think fuel is not the problem, you have to determine if the engine has spark. To check the engine for spark remove the spark plug wire and insert a screwdriver into the boot. Make sure to hold the handle of the screwdriver and position the exposed metal portion of the screwdriver close to something metal on the engine. A bolt head will work well. Then try to start the engine. You should see a spark from the screwdriver to the bolt head. This mean the coil is good. If you do not see a spark most likely the coil need to be replaced. If you see a spark the problem is most likely fuel related. I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please submit more details.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

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
July 12, 2011