Model #917288250 Craftsman lawn, tractor

Question and Answers

Q:

Craftmans Mower 917288250 mower deck belt

A:

Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I recommend checking the belt routing first. If the belt is fine, have someone move the lever while you watch the idler arm on the deck. The cable should tighten up, move the idler and tighten the belt. If the cable is fine and the idler it is not moving, the pivot is likely rust. To fix this loosen the pivot bolt and soak the pivot with WD-40. Then work it back and forth until it is loose. Once free, tighten the bolt and check the operation. I hope this is helpful.

Please let me know if you need further assistance on the repair of the mower.

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 .

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
June 19, 2012
Q:

Lawn Tractor

A:

Thank you for your question.

I have looked up the model number you have submitted. The engine on the tractor requires 62-64 ounces of SAE-30 weight oil. The oil can be purchased from any auto parts store. When you are refilling the engine, pour about 55 ounces of oil in, and then start checking the level. The reason is it hard to drain all of the oil out. If there is oil left in the engine when you pour in the new oil it might not need all of the 62 ounces.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T.

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Mark T -
Sears Technician
May 18, 2011
Q:

transmission: I may have a fluid leak, how do I check the fuel on the transmission?

A:

Thank you for your question.

 

 

I am sorry you are having a problem with the tractor. I will be happy to assist you. I looked up the model number you submitted. The transaxle in this tractor has a rubber plug on the top of it to check the oil level. The image below shows where the plug is located. The best way to check the oil level is to remove the mower deck. The instructions for removing the beck are located in the manual. Once the manual is removed, you can access the plug. Just clean around the plug and pull it out. Then feel in the hole with your finger. The transaxle should be roughly half-full of oil. If it is low, you can add a little 80W90 gear oil. Then recheck the level. Once it is at the correct level just push the plug back into position. If you find the transaxle does have a leak you can replace the seals. To do this the transaxle needs to be removed and disassembled.

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
September 09, 2013