Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model
I have a Craftsman Lawn Tractor with a Kohler engine. When I engage the transmission, there is no forward progress initiall until it seems the oil heats up. When progress is achieved, it is slow and without power to go uphill. The balsed function well when engaged, just the transmission. Fliud has been changed regularly and fluid levels are OK. Air filer is clean.
Seems that your clutch needs adjustment, no biggie here. Get your needle nose pliers and a spare ¼ inch bolt or pin. A small Philips screwdriver will also work. The needle nose pliers are for removing the cotter pin and the screwdriver (or bolt) will hold the brake lever in place while you make the adjustment. Then, check under the right side of the deck (side where the grass discharges) right under the plastic mat where your foot rests and next to the tractor's frame you will see the brake lever with the long spring attached. Have a helper move the brake/clutch pedal so you have a better idea of what's going on down there. Then:
1. Remove the cotter pin, washer, and brake spring from the
2. Disconnect the adjustable nut from the brake lever assembly
and the parking brake latch.
3. Align the hole in the brake lever with the hole in the frame. Hold
the brake lever in place with your 1/4 inch pin, bolt or the screwdriver.
4. Pull the clutch rod forward until tight. Turn the adjustable nut
until the nut will fit through the hole in the brake lever.
5. Assemble the adjustable nut to the parking brake latch,
brake lever and brake spring. Fasten with the washer and
6. Remove the 1/4 inch (6 mm) pin, bolt or scredriver.
That should return everything to normal. Assuming that there are no broken or bent parts in your clutch mechanism.
These are the general instructions for this type o tractor. If you find any discrepancies in the description of parts or location of mechanisms, please consult the owner's manual of your particular model under “How to check and adjust the clutch”.
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Posted on Nov 05, 2009
First thought would be the brake sticking or the belt slipping, but then you said the fluid has been changed regularly [i'm guessing this is a hydro trans?] did you change it? what fluid did you refill it with? most hydros use regular 10w-40 motor oil, few use ATF. you could have some air in the hydraulic system and that will cause loss of power. to purge the air, pull the trans bypass rod out, start the engine, release the brake and move the shifter slowly to the forward position, then slowly back and to reverse, do this about 10 times, it should purge any air trapped in the system
Posted on Aug 17, 2009
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