Model #917273640 CRAFTSMAN lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

I have a Craftsman model number 917273640; can you help me with a parts questions?

A:

If you are talking about key number 15 link front suspension on page 9, they are the same. If you order one, it can be used on either side.

Please give me a little more information about the rest of your question. I’m not sure if you are talking about key number 82 on page 3 spring, torsion, or key number 82 page 4 bracket suspension chassis front. I looked at both and neither one has a substitution number.

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Landell -
Sears Technician
November 30, 2009
Q:

Loss of drive 917273640 Craftsman Lawn tractor

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your question.

The electric clutch is used only for engaging the blades and not the motion belt. The freewheel rod should be inwards for drive.

If the motion belt is not worn or broken, the issue is likely with the transmission. If the motion belt is spinning the pulley and fan on the transmission and the tractor will not drive forward or reverse, I recommend following the Owner's Manual and purge the transmission. If purging the transmission of air does not help, I strongly suggest calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your tractor.


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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 29, 2014
Q:

why is my lawn tractor spewing clouds of white smoke and losing power, then shutting down altogether?

A:

When the lawn tractor is smoking white smoke, it is burning oil. This is usually caused by a crankcase overfilled with oil. White smoke can also be caused by mowing on a steep slope causing the oil to run up into the cylinder. If you mow on a steep slope, the engine does not circulate oil to the main and rod bearings. Serious damage can occur.

I suspect the reason the mower stopped is because the spark plug is fouled from the burning oil.

If you have more questions send another email and include some details of when the engine smokes and what you have done to try to repair it. We will try to help.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 01, 2010

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