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I have a craftsman mod 917.258542 When I place it in gear and release the clutch nothing happens.The drive belt is intact,and feels taut,also I can roll tractor back and forth while in gear.

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Check the rear axle release its a button or pull lever at the rear of unit by rear of seat

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Hi when you let your foot of the clutch the pulley may not be coming a cross if you ring me on 07849461942 i will tell you better

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