Model #917275750 Craftsman lawn, tractor

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Q:

Starting problems/ lawn mower 917275750 Craftsman Lawn tractor

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

I do not have clear and full understanding of the symptom other than the engine is not spinning over and then once it starts its fine. Is the starter motor spinning and just not engaging the flywheel? Is the starter engaging the flywheel and just not spinning the engine over? Have you tried charging the battery? Will it spin over if you jump start it using your car battery and jumper cables? 

If the starter motor is running and engaging the flywheel and the engine will not spin over, the starter solenoid is most likely Okay.  Based on the symptom above, then it sounds like it may need to have the valves adjusted. 

I added a video showing the symptoms and how to adjust the valves. Be sure and watch part 2 of the video also before servicing. 

This may be the issue. If not, please reply and I will be glad to assist you further. 

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 26, 2013
A:

Larry; Take the spark plug out and then see how well it spins over. If it spins over then I suspect the valves need adjusting. I added a link to a video in my last response on valve adjustments to watch. Be sure to watch part 2 also.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 29, 2013
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Q:

0n 42 inch sears lawnmower can not engage the blades, pulley will only move about an inch, seems to be hitting something, what is it?

A:

The mowing deck is engaged mechanically. When the lever is moved, it pulls on a cable that is connected to the idler assembly on the mower deck. With the tractor turned off have someone move the lever back and forth. You should be able to see the idler arm move and tighten the belt. If the cable is not broken most likely, the idler arm is rusted. I recommend removing the mower deck and loosen the idler arm-mounting bolt. I have pointed to the bolt with a red arrow. How soak the pivot with WD-40 and work it back and forth until it is loose. Then retighten the bolt and make sure the idler still moves. If the idler is freed up, reinstall the deck and test. If you need further assistance, please resubmit your question.

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 .

Here is a link to buy any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
July 21, 2010