Model #917273143 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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what year was my CRAFTSMAN lawn tractor built?


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Your model tractor was manufactured in September of 2003.

 I hope this is helpful. 

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 01, 2013

Position of spring return clutch on Model 917273143 part #55.


The spring goes from the idler bracket, forward, over the top of the axle area, and to a slotted hole in the top of the chassis (next to the muffler).

I have added a couple of photos I found of this situation to help you along with this. The spring is extremely hard to get in place. Here's what I do: Connect the spring to the idler bracket under the tractor. Now push a piece of string (like pull start string) through the hole in the very front of the tractor, over the axle area, back to the spring. Now tie a little hoop for the spring to hook into. On the string end sticking out in front of the tractor, tie a loop big enough for your foot to fit in. Tie this up near where the string goes into the hole. Now put your foot in the loop and step down. This should pull the spring forward. as the hook of the spring lines up with the slot, your hands are free to guide it into place. Typically, I use a long screwdriver to reach in and push the spring into the slot. Now cut the string off and you're done.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 30, 2013

why is my Craftsman Lt 2000 tractor leaking gas?


Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I suspect the float in the carburetor is not regulating the fuel level in the carburetor. you will need to clean or replace the carburetor.

To access the float follow the steps below:

  1. Clamp off the fuel line with a pair of vise grips.
  2. Disconnect the wires that go to the fuel shut off solenoid
  3. Unscrew the solenoid.
  4. Drop the float bowl.
  5. Using a pair of needle nose pliers remove the float hinge pin
  6. Being careful not to loose the needle remove the float.
  7. Shake the float and listen for a liquid sound from inside it.
    1. If there is a liquid sound inside the float must be replaced as it has a hole in it.
    2. If there is no sound the float is ok and the problem is in the needle and seat.
  8. Remove the fuel line from the carburetor inlet.
  9. Now spray carburetor cleaner into where the needle goes. This will back flush out any debris.
  10. Then inspect the inside of the fuel line. If it is cracking you need to replace the fuel line and the filter before reattaching to the carburetor inlet.
  11. After you have cleaned the carburetor reassemble the it in reverse order.
  12. Reinstall the float bowl and fuel shut off solenoid.
  13. Reconnect the solenoid.
  14. Remove the spark plug and place a rag near the spark plug hole.
  15. Hold the spark plug wire with a pair of insulated pliers and crank the engine. This will clear out any fuel that has accumulated in the cylinder.
  16. Reinstall the spark plug.
  17. I strongly recommend changing the oil and the filter if your engine has one. If the oil has gas in it will thin the oil out and it is just like running the engine without oil.

I hope this is helpful.

Please feel free to reply with more details if you need further assistance.

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 .

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 18, 2010

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