Model #917287380 CRAFTSMAN lawn, tractor

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Q:

Drive Belt 917287380 Craftsman Tractor

A:

Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. If the belt is coming off when you push the clutch, I recommend checking the belt guides and keepers. If they are too far from the pulley, the belt can slip off. The best way to check these is to remove the mower deck. The instructions for removing the mower deck are located in the owner's manual. Once the deck is removed, you can access the drive belt. With the belt on and the brake pedal released look at the guides and keepers. If they are too far away, just bend them closer to the pulley. After adjusting all the keepers, check the operation. If the belt still keeps coming off, I recommend checking the condition of the belt. If the belt has any burnt spots, just replace the belt. If the belt is ok, I recommend checking the drive for worn pulleys. 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
March 12, 2013
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Lawn Tractor, the engines runs you can put it into gear but the mower will not move forward or reverse

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having problems with your tractor. I will try to give you all information needed to fix the tractor. The first question is have you removed the rear wheels. The rear wheels have a square axle key that drive them. I have provided you with an image below showing the placement of the axle key.

If the axle key is in position, the next check to make is if the drive belt is still on. With the tractor on a level surfaced and the engine off look under the tractor at the drive belt. The belt should be free of slack and go around all of the pulleys.

If your tractor has a hydrostatic transaxle, I recommend you try to purge the air out of the system. The purging instructions can be found in your owner's manual and I have posed them below.

Next check the brake lever on the transaxle. If it has been sitting for a long period of time it might be stuck on. The lever is located on the right side of the tractor inside of the frame. I recommend working the lever back and forth to make sure it is moving freely.

When you are looking under the tractor, have someone move the shifter. When the shifter is moved, you should see the shifter on the transaxle move. If the shifter is properly attached, have someone start the tractor and let out on the brake. Now carefully look under the tractor at the Trans axle drive pulley. The drive pulley should be spinning. If the pulley is spinning, the problem is most likely a defective transaxle.

I hope this helps get the tractor going. If you need further assistance, please reply with the details of what you have found.

Here is a link to order any parts you need. Sears Parts Direct .

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 .

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
April 22, 2011
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Doug, I hope I have half the ambition you have if I get to be 90. Please let me know how the repair goes. Thanks, Mark

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
September 13, 2013
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Craftsman Tractor Model 917287380 Drag Link LH 194740 Replacement

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Thank you for your question.



I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I know it can be difficult to access the draglinks under the tractor. The best way I have found to get to these nuts is by removing the mower deck. Once the mower deck is removed, you can reach under the tractor easier. The bracket that everything is mounted to has slots to access the nuts. At this time, the manufacturer does not offer a repair manual for the tractor.
I hope this is helpful. If you need further assistance, please reply below with more details.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
August 27, 2012

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