Model #917273390 Craftsman lawn, tractor

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Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If you have just replaced the belt, I recommend checking the routing of the belt. If the belt is routed on the wrong side of the keeper, it makes the belt too tight and the blades will not turn off. If the belt is routed correctly, park it on a hard level surface and remove the key. Then look for the return spring on the idler arm. The spring connects between the idler and the front of the deck. This spring is there to pull the idler back to loosen the belt and apply the brakes. Each brake arm has a spring also that pulls the brake into the mandrels. If the springs are ok, check the cable. The cable should be loose when you disengage the places. If it is not loosening when disengaged the cable need to be replaced. The last check to make is on the idler arm. The idler arm has a cam that releases the brakes. I have seen the arm get worn spots where the brake lever rides and cause the mower to not disengage.

I hope this is helpful.

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 .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 19, 2011