Model #917276884 CRAFTSMAN lawn, tractor

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We have a 917276884 lawn tractor that will not pull an incline once it gets hot. It won't pull the incline well when it is cool. What is wrong?


You might have a worn or stretched belt, an idler linkage that is not moving freely, a pulley that is loose on the transaxle, or a bad transaxle.

You can check these by lowering the deck to the lowest level and putting the key to the tractor in your pocket. Lie under the tractor and get someone to push and release the clutch pedal.

You should see the idler pulley bracket move and the idler pulleys tighten and loosen the belt. Sometimes the idler bracket will stop short of putting enough tension on the belt. See if you can move the idler bracket to make the pulleys tighter. If it moves and tightens the belt more, spray WD40 on the bracket and move it several times.

Be sure the fixed idler is in proper position and not moving around and the clutch/brake spring is putting enough tension on the idler bracket.

Move the input pulley on top of the transaxle up and down to be sure it is not moving on the input shaft.

If there is no problem in this area, the transaxle needs to be checked by a technician.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
August 18, 2009

how do you reset change oil light on a craftsmen fs5500 model# 917276884


Thank you for your question.


I will be happy to assist you with the service minder. After two hours of flashing the service reminder/hour meter will stop flashing and reset. The image below explains how the service minder is designed to operate. Just click on the image to enlarge it.  


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


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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 28, 2013

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