Model #917287032 CRAFTSMAN Lawn, Tractor

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Removal and installation of transmission for model #917287032 mower craftsman


I know how important it is to have proper instructions when replacing major parts on your mower so that you can put your appliance back together without a hassle. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you some great tips that will help you with your project. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
January 03, 2011

The easiest way to do this is to lift the tractor on the back. If you have a chain hoist or hand winch you can connect it to the hitch hole on back of the tractor. Remove the rear wheels from the tractor. On each side of the tractor you will see 2 screws that go through the transmission and tractor frame bracket. Loosen those screws but do not take them out yet. On the front of the transmission on each side there is 1 screw that screws through a bracket and into the side of the transmission; take those 2 out. Remove the belt from the transmission pulley. Then remove the shift linkage where it connects to the top front left side of the transmission. Place the wheels under the transmission and lower the tractor to where the transmission is just resting on the wheels. Then take the screws at the axles the rest of the way out. Raise the tractor back up a little bit so you can pull the transmission back. On the right side of the transmission the brake rod is going through the brake lever. You just need to pull the transmission back enough to get that rod out. Then lift the tractor to clear the transmission and it's out.

To install the transmission back it is basically a complete reversal of the remove procedure. This is one of the easiest transmissions to remove. I do realize that I do this often and for someone that doesn't do it much it may seem like a daunting task. There isn't much to it though and after you do it once, you'll realize how easy it is and you will likely never have to do it again unless you're helping someone out.

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XX Wade_ -
Sears Technician
January 05, 2011
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