Model #917276816 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

How to remove the Peerless transaxle from the mower?

A:

Park the mower on a level surface and chock the front tires to keep it from rolling. Jack the rear end of the tractor up and set it on 2 secure props so the tractor won't fall.

Remove the belt guide and the belt from the transaxle.

Remove the keeper and springs from the brake rod and disconnect the brake rod from the transaxle. Take some pictures of this connection for ease of assembly on the new transaxle.

Disconnect the shift arm from the link from the gear shift.

Remove both rear wheels from the tractor, remove the keys from the groove in the axle and put them in a safe place so you can put them back when the wheels are installed on the new transaxle.

Put something under the transaxle to hold it up and remove the 2 bolts on each side that hold the transaxle to the brackets on the frame.

Lower the transaxle and install the new one by reversing these instructions.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
May 19, 2010
Q:

My '06 Craftsmen 20hp tractor 917276816 does not turn well. The tires skid over the turf when turning.

A:

There is no adjustment to make the tractor turn when you turn the steering wheel. If the tires are turning in the direction you are turning the steering wheel the tractor is doing what it should.

Did you add something to the tractor that puts more weight on the rear of the tractor? Are you going too fast when turning? Does the tractor do this when anyone else is driving it? It sounds like you don't have enough weight on the front tires to hold them down.

It is normal to have left to right play in the front wheels. The wheels will slide back and forth a small amount on the spindles.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 14, 2009
Q:

Lawn Trac. Mod# 917-276816. I replaced mandrel and pulley on left side. Mowed 10 min. hole on pulley was striped & blade spun freely. What is wrong, how to fix?

A:

It is likely that you did not properly tighten the nut on the pulley. You will probably need to replace the mandrel and pulley. You can check to see if the mandrel is stripped. It likely is stripped based on your description of the problem.

Once you replace the mandrel and pulley, make sure that you properly tighten the nut on the pulley. You should tighten it to 45 ft.lbs. of torque.

I see that Michael provided the same advice with additional details. His advice appears to be valid for this problem.

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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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2010