Model #917370680 Craftsman walk behind lawnmower, gas

Question and Answers

Q:

loose drive cable

A:

Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with the Craftsman mower model 917370680. The belt on the mower should be loose until you pull the drive engagement handle. When you pull the handle, it pulls on the cable. The cable pulls on the spring connected to the lever molded to gear case. This rotates the gear case forward and tightens the belt. To see if this is happening remove the belt cover on the front of the mower. Then with the engine off have a helper pull and release the drive lever while you watch the operation. If the gear case rotates forward but the belt does not tighten, I recommend replacing the belt. If the gear case does not move, I recommend checking the cable connections on each end. If the ends of the cable are broke, the cable needs to be replaced. The parts for the mower can be ordered from the following link. Replacement parts for a Craftsman mower model 917370680.  I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance. 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
June 20, 2013