Model #917274641 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Q:

What is the reason why the clutch wont engage on my Craftsman riding lawn mower?

A:

You might have a broken belt, something out of place or broken in the idler that tightens the drive belt, or something wrong inside the transaxle.

Check to see if the belt is in place and going around the transaxle pulley and the engine pulley. Get someone to push the clutch pedal down and up and see it the idler bracket moves to engage the pulley on the belt and tighten it on the pulleys.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 29, 2009
Q:

Craftsman Riding Mower Model # 917274641. Electric Clutch Diagnosis.

A:

Thank you for question.

 

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. To determine the problem, you will need a volt ohmmeter. If you have a meter, have a helper sit on the seat and turn the key on. You do not need to run the engine for this test. Then find the wire connector on the clutch and insert the meter leads into the back of the plug. With the meter turned to check DC volt have your helper up out on the PTO switch. If you have a reading of around 12 volts, the clutch is getting the correct voltage. The problem is in the clutch. Before replacing the clutch, I recommend seeing if it is adjustable. The image below has the instructions for adjusting the clutch and checking the resistance of it. If the mower still will not engage after checking the adjustment I recommend replacing the clutch.

 

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.

 

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
October 29, 2013
A:

ROBERT, I am sorry you could not see the image. I emailed a copy of it to you. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
December 04, 2013
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Q:

What would cause an idler pulley to vibrate excessively on a Craftsman lawn tractor?

A:

Based on your details I must assume it's one of the two "flat idler pulleys" on the mower deck that is vibrating excessively. The pulley is likely vibrating because it's worn out or the bolt is worn causing excessive clearance between the bolt and pulley. It could also be wearing out because one of the mandrel pulleys could be failing too. You will need to check the pulley for excessive play between the bolt and pulley and check the condition of the mower belt too.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
October 14, 2009

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