Question about Craftsman Garden
The steering assembly your mower has is very difficult to repair. Thank God they no longer make that type. Forget about trying to tighten that screw, it won't solve your problem anyway. Believe me, you should take it to a repair shop.
Posted on Nov 05, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Go to the above address, type in your model number
917.257280 just like this with a dot not a dash it will locate the tractor for you, go to the list on the left side of the page and select >>38" mower<< at the bottom of the Sub-components list and it will show you a picture of how it looks installed as well as all associated parts
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
Go to www.searspartdirect,com Put in your model number and it will show you the schematic that you are looking for.
Posted on Jun 15, 2011
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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.
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