Model #917289344 Craftsman lawn, tractor

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917-289344 lawn tractor blades won't engage


Thank you for your question.   I am sorry you are having a problem with the Craftsman tractor model 917-289344  I assume the engine will continue to run when you attempt to engage the deck. If this is what is happening 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.       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 28, 2013