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Tractor wont move and when I try to put in gear the mower stalls out

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If the engine stalls as you pull away there are two possibilites, either a micro switch is defective ( probably the seat switch, or a poor connection on the block connecter ) or the brake on the side of the gearbox is stuck on ( this is a disc on the side of the gearbox and should be sdjustable )

Posted on Dec 08, 2012


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SOURCE: Looking for manual for Craftsman 917.256552 15HP

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SOURCE: lawn tractor won't move when put into gear

First, check the tension of the drive belt. There should be an idler pulley which is spring loaded that creates the tension. When you push the clutch in, it will release the tension. Also, check to see if the rear wheel hubs have set screws which lock them onto the axle Make sure they are tight.

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SOURCE: 18hp craftsman riding mower model#917.255913. won't turn left!

I have had this problem for the longest time. I replaced the secondary gear twice. Helped for a brief period and now won't turn left again. Replaced the steering shaft and worked for a brief period. Back to no left turns once again. The issue is with the secondary gear and bearings (plastic) which is only a temporary fix. What I had done was welded a piece of steel to the bottom of the steering shaft eliminating the secondary gear connecting directly to the tie rod for the steering. Works perfect now.

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SOURCE: starter gear doesn't move up to engage flywheel gear when started

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