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Blade stops spinning


It most likely is the gears that are bad. Usually it sounds real bad first and you can hear the grinding gears. Sometimes spindles snap. You might have a hard time buying parts for Craftsman stuff. And often times it might not be worth it. First take the blade and flanges off. Around the spindle there should be screws holding the spindle hub onto the body. Un screw that and take a look inside. (There might be a retaining ring holding that on too)

If you can see broken gears or metal shavings inside, then you'll need new gears. Always replace the two gears that run together as a set. And of course replace the grease so you don't have metal shavings in there.

Apr 22, 2012 | Craftsman Saws

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We have a craftsman garage door opener. Recently all remotes including the key pad began working inconsistently. Even the hard wired button on the wall is finicky. The door will open a little and then...


First thing I would do is remove the cover from the motor unit and check the drive gear. It is a white nylon gear just in front of the motor. It will be very obvious if it is going bad. The part number is 41A2817 and is available from Sears or any good door opener service company. It will come with instructions.

Aug 16, 2011 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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I have a sears craftsman riding lawnmower 5 years old. It will steer only hard to the left and will not turn to the right. the steering wheel turns but the mower does not. any suggestions


I had the same problem with my 15 year old Craftsman lawn tractor. I tried to adjust the steering travel but it gave me marginal relief for a year until the steering failed with my steering wheel spinning freely and the wheels free to go left and right. The left bias for steering indicates that the steering shaft pinion weld was shearing prior to failure.


I took the steering apart and found that the drive pinion gear was sheared off the end of the steering shaft at the weld. I replaced the shaft and sector gear to fix this issue.


This fix requires good amount of mechanical disassembly to get the replacement parts in place so you might need to go to a shop to get a mechanic to fix this if you aren't set up for this kind of fix by disconnecting the mower deck and jacking up the front end to access the steering gear assembly and steering arm links.

Mar 26, 2011 | Sears Craftsman 46 in Mulching Tractor...

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The gears are very hard to shift


you need to put dope in trans and check gear shifter to see if it is loode if not check your drive belt

Apr 23, 2010 | Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor...

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My craftsman 1/2 hp garage door goes up only about


Release the door from the opener and operate the door by hand. Check the weight of the door. If it is heavy check the door springs. One could be broken. Also take another look at the gear you replaced. Did you use the lubricant on the gear? If not the gear will not last.

Mar 02, 2010 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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42' mower locks up in gear


there are a several gears in the axle that causes the axle to go slow or fast & as well backwards take out rearend & tear it apart & look at gears or have someone look at it for ya

Nov 08, 2009 | Craftsman Garden

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My craftsman 19.5 b&s engine has developed a Rabit jumping problem. becoming more difficult to control the speed with the clutch/brake. I also notice that the internal control when going downhill is...


I don't know if you have a hydrostatic or gear drive trans, but you should be able to go slower either by shifting to a lower gear or by moving the hydro drive lever to a slower speed. Always run the engine at full speed. Slowing the mower down by slowing the engine is extremely hard on the motor. It need the higher rpm's to keep it cool and not have to work as hard. There is a brake adjustment on the left rear axle. There is a brake disc with lever and a nut holding it on. Turn the nut clockwise about a half turn at a time to adjust the brake and check it. You don't want to get it too tight or it won't roll.

Jun 24, 2009 | Craftsman Garden

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Craftsman 13 hp lawn tractor slipping in reverse and low gears


Really hard to say without looking at it but it sounds like a pully has seperated or is trying to come apart they are made in two peaces.

May 27, 2009 | Craftsman 20 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor -...

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Unable to allign inner and outer trolley on a Craftsman garage door opener


You probably have a stripped gear. Take the cover off the opener and the bottom will be filled with white shavings and the gear will be missing teeth. You can repair with a liftmaster gear and sprocket kit.

Mar 05, 2009 | Sears Craftsman LiftMaster Chamberlain...

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