Model #917276780 Craftsman lawn, tractor

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Craftsman LT2000 Model 917276780

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I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If purging the tractor did not help, I recommend hooking your foot under the brake pedal and pull back. If the tractor picks up speed, I recommend checking the drive belt and the clutch return spring. To do this, park the tractor on a hard surface and remove the key. Then lower the mowing deck so you have a better view of the drive belt. While you look at the belt, idler, and spring have a helper work the brake. When the brake is released, you should see the spring pull the idler and tighten the belt. If the idler and spring are working, check the condition of the belt. If it is worn or glazed, it should be replaced. The parts can be ordered from the following link. Craftsman tractor parts

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 25, 2012
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Alex, If you are going to push the tractor, the bypass lever in the back should be pulled out. If it is not pulled out, it will be difficult to push. The image below shows how to put the tractor in transport mode. Once it is in transport mode go ahead and try to push the tractor. If it is difficult to push, I recommend checking for a stuck brake lever. The chicken wire might have bent the lever when it was stuck. If the lever is moving freely, the problem could be internally in the transaxle. Before you go replacing the transaxle, I recommend replacing the drive belt. The reason is you can not be sure the is not slipping. I would hate to see you replace the transaxle only to find the belt was the problem. If the tractor still does not drive, I recommend checking the oil level in the transaxle. The image below shows how to check the level. If the level is fine, the only thing left is the transaxle. I have had customers install the transaxle without any problems but it can be difficult. If you have any doubt in your ability, I recommend having this repair done Thank you for using Manage My Life! Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 27, 2012
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Alex, First, park the tractor on a hard surface and remove the key. Then have a helper push on the brake pedal the pull it back. I hope that this will recreate the noise you heard. If it does, try to pin point where it is coming from. The problem could be the idler arm pivot is a little rusty. If this is the case, you should be able to free it up with WD-40. This quick fix does not require parts. If you need advice on how to repair the problem, please let me know where the noise is coming from. Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 01, 2012
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