Model #917288091 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

I can't find manual for lawn tractor. Model number: 917-288091

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with obtaining the manual. I see that Aashe has given you a link to your manual. Once you click on the link, it is going to take you to a page that does not look like it is doing anything. It will take a few moments for the manual to load. The reason is the site loads the whole manual before it shows up. Once the manual opens, you can use the tool bar above the manual to print and/or save a copy to your computer.

We have had some customers that the manual never opens. This is usually because the computer is missing an add on to open the file. Just in case, I have emailed a copy of the manual to the address we have on file.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 07, 2011
Q:

Muffler for Craftsman LT 2000 Lawn Tractor

A:

Thank you for your question.

I will be happy to assist you with replacing the muffler on the tractor. I looked up the model number you have submitted. This muffler does not look as involved as most. To replace the muffler you will need to remove the hood. Just disconnect the lights first. Then open the hood so it is at a 45-degree angle. Once in that position lift the hood off. Next, remove the bolts that secure the heat shield under the muffler. This step is if your model has the heat shield. These are the blue arrows in the image below. Just click on the image to enlarge it. Once the heat shield is removed, you can remove the two bolts that secure the muffler. These are the bolts with the red box. After those are removed, wiggle the muffler off the exhaust pipe. Just reverse these steps to install the muffler.

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

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
March 30, 2012
Q:

Problem with starting lawn tractor up.

A:

Thank you for your question.

  • If I understand you correctly, you have replaced the battery with a new freshly charged battery.

  • First make sure the Gear shift on the tractor is in neutral position and blade engagement lever or switch is in the off position.

  • Make sure the brake pedal is pushed down when starting.

  • Clean any corrosion deposits on the battery terminals making sure you have protective eye glasses and clothing that will not be damaged by the acid in the battery.

  • It still is a possibility that the battery may be the issue.

  • If you have jumper cables, I would suggest that you try to jump off the engine. If it starts or turns over quickly the battery is still the issue.

  • I will go through the proper procedure in using jumper cables for starting your tractor.

  • If you are using a vehicle to use as a power source please make sure the engine is NOT running when attempting to jump off the tractor.

  • To get the tractor ready for jumping off the battery, push the clutch foot pedal all the way down and hold it while you lift up on the parking brake lever and then release the clutch foot pedal. This will hold the clutch pedal in the down position.

  • Lift the seat forward to access the battery.

  • Take one Red end of the jumper cable and attach it to the red battery terminal on the known good vehicle battery making sure the other end is not touching any metal surface or the tractor. Put the tractor end of the Red jumper cable to the Red or + terminal on the tractor battery. Next put the Black cable on the Black or - terminal on the supply battery and take the other Black end of the jumper cable and clamp it onto the tractor draw bar at the back of the tractor and make sure is making good connection.

  • With the blade engagement lever in the off position you should at this time be able to turn the key and start the engine on the tractor. As soon as the tractor starts remove the cables in the reverse order. Black from the draw,Black from the power source, Red from the tractor battery and Red from the power source battery.

* I have included a link to a video on battery jumping on Manage My Life .

  • If this does not work or you do not have a set of jumper cables, we can now consider some of the other components to check.

  • The Red cable that comes from the battery and ends at the start solenoid needs to checked for corrosion and cleaned if any is found. You can also jump across the big Red cabled terminals on the solenoid which will go around the solenoid and eliminate that as cause.

  • Carefully take a large flat blade screw driver and short across the two large terminals on the solenoid. When you do this it will arc or spark and the starter should engage and turn the engine over.

  • If this works check the dc voltage to the solenoid. Have someone try to start the tractor while you check the voltage on the small wires on the solenoid. If you have 12 volts dc the solenoid is defective. if you do not have the needed 12 volts to the solenoid I would suspect a blown fuse or faulty safety switch.

  • The last possibility is that the starter is bad and is drawing to many amps with bad internal windings and or the motor has dry bearings in the starter motor.

  • There could be other electrical wiring issues with in the tractor but I think we covered the most likely possible causes.

If you need further assistance, please reply with more details and a model number.

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.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 08, 2011