Model #917276601 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

Engine won't turn off 917276601

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. Usually when this happens, it is because of a defective ignition switch or the kill wire is loose. To determine if it is likely a switch I recommend lifting off the seat and engage the blades. If the engine kills, the problem is likely a defective ignition switch. If the engine does not die the problem is likely a disconnected kill wire. You will need to trace the black/white wire from the ignition switch down to the magneto under the blower housing.

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
January 21, 2013
A:

Here is an image of the wiring diagram.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
January 21, 2013
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Q:

why won,t my lawn mower deck not turn the blades off

A:

Be sure the engine is turned off and will not be started while you do this test.

Lower the deck to the lowest position. Get someone to engage and disengage the deck while you watch the idler pulley and the idler bracket on the deck. The deck engagement cable pulls the idler arm and causes the belt to get tight on the pulleys and drive the blades.

Look at the spring on the end of the cable and see if it stretches and compacts as the engagement lever is moved. Move the idler pulley by hand and see if it is stuck or jammed.

Look at the parts diagram or go to www.searspartsdirect.com to see a parts diagram of the mowing deck. Item 147 is the spring that pulls the idler arm back to loosen the belt on the pulleys when the deck engagement arm is disengaged.

You should find something broken, jammed, or disconnected in this area.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 03, 2010
Q:

lawn mower not moving

A:

First, make sure the "freewheel control" has not been placed in the disengaged position. See image below. If the "freewheel control" has been disengaged the tractor will not move. If the "freewheel control" has not been disengaged and the belt is on correctly and its turning the pulley on the hydro-transaxle then there is likely a failure inside the hydro-transaxle assembly and it will require a service technician to diagnose and repair your mower.

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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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 12, 2010