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I have a Craftsman 917.370441. I need to replace bolts at the bottom of the handles that goes through the deck. I can not remove the plastic shield under the deck so I can replace the bolts.

How do I remove plastic shield under deck.

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You either unbolt it or you take off the tires,there is no shield listed only the rear door,you access inside through the door,here is a diagram, http www searspartsdirect com craftsman walk behind lawn mower parts model...

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If you do not the facilities to use an impact wrench, you will need to find to hold the pulley and you a breaker bar with a socket on it to get the pulley nut loose. I would use either"PB Blaster or Deep Creep" penetrating oil and spray it on the nut before you try to take it apart.
Or you may find a professional shop, take the deck to them and may may take the pulley off for a small fee.

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impact gun is the easiest way, if not the you will need to use a pipe wrench and a ratchet. Hope this helped Tim

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