Model #917273812 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

MY LAWN TRACTOR WON'T START. IT'S LEAKING GAS THRU THE MUFFLER. 917-273812

A:

Thank you for your question.

 

 

I am sorry you are having a problem with your Craftsman tractor model 917-273812. 

 

 

 

 I will be happy to assist you with the repair. If the oil level is over filled and smells like gas the problem is with the carburetor. The float, needle, and seat are not regulating the fuel level in the carburetor. When this happens, the gas will run into the cylinder and keep it from turning over. To cure the problem you will need to rebuild or replace the carburetor. If you rebuild the carburetor, be sure to back flush the fuel inlet. I have found a site that shows how to rebuild the carburetor. Click here to be taken to that site.

 

 

I also recommend replacing the fuel line from the filter to the carburetor. I have seen the inside of the hose break down and cause the problem you are having.

 

After you have the carburetor taken care of, remove the spark plug, and turn the engine over by hand. This will remove any fuel left in the cylinder. Once you have the fuel cleared out leave the spark plug out and change the oil. Then refill the engine and reinstall the spark plug. Now check the operation of the tractor.

 

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I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to reply below if you need any further assistance.

 

 

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
September 13, 2013
Q:

I HAVE A BAGGER AND MULCH PLATE FOR A CRAFTSMAN P/N 917273812 18.5 HP 42" RIDER. WILL THE BAGGER/MULCH PLATE FIT CURRENT NEW MOWERS?

A:

Thank you for your question.

The mowing deck on the new tractors is different from the deck on your tractor. The old bagger will not fit on our new tractors. I recommend checking your local store they might have an older model that they used for a floor model that has the same deck design as yours. I have seen some older models left in the store here in Texas. I do not expect there are very many left because they are marked down to sell quickly. I would take the lower chute of the bagger with you just to make sure it fits before purchasing.

If you end up buying a new tractor, you can wait to purchase the bagger. They usually have good sales on them over the winter.

I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
October 29, 2010