Model #917273135 Craftsman lawn, tractor

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Q:

I get white smoke out the front end of the Craftsman Tractor mower when it runs. What could be wrong?

A:

White smoke is an indication the engine is burning oil. Check the oil level, if it is overfilled it will burn oil.

Several things can cause a tractor to burn oil. Worn rings or scarred cylinder walls are possible. If the crankcase breather is bad or there is an air leak around the oil fill tube or at the oil drain fitting, the engine will burn oil.

Look around the engine for signs of an oil leak, if it leaks oil it will draw air into the crankcase and burn oil.

The amount of white smoke will be a good indication of the amount of oil the engine is burning. Some smoke when the engine is first cranked is normal. Air cooled engines can burn 1/2 pint of oil per hour normally.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 25, 2009
Q:

I have a Craftsman Mower model 917273135. The grass deflector is damaged. Can I simply buy a new one and mount on existing mount?

A:

You can go to www.searspartsdirect.com and look at a parts diagram for the mower. Select the "mower deck" page and you will see how the deflector mounts. You should order item 26 because push nuts don't always go back on after you remove them.

Look closely at how the spring is positioned before you remove the pin. You have to install the spring as you are sliding the pin back through the mounting bracket.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
September 28, 2009
Q:

steering on craftman lt 2000 mower

A:

Thank you for your question.



I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If only the left wheel responds when you turn the steering wheel, I recommend checking the draglink. The draglink connects the left wheel to the right wheel. If it is broken or disconnected, the right wheel will not steer. I posted an image below that shows where the draglink is. Just click on the image to enlarge it. If you find the link is disconnected you can reinstall it and secure it with a cotter pin. If it is broken, you can order a new one from the following link. Craftsman tractor parts



I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.



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Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 07, 2012
A:

Thank you for your question.



I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If only the left wheel responds when you turn the steering wheel, I recommend checking the draglink. The draglink connects the left wheel to the right wheel. If it is broken or disconnected, the right wheel will not steer. I posted an image below that shows where the draglink is. Just click on the image to enlarge it. If you find the link is disconnected you can reinstall it and secure it with a cotter pin. If it is broken, you can order a new one from the following link. Craftsman tractor parts



I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.



Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 07, 2012
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