Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model

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I have a Sears Craftsman lawn tractor 917.256531 model 28N707 type 0173-01 Briggs and Stratton engine. It was running ok the summer of 2009 after doing an oil change this year - it seized up. tried new battery, new sparkplug etc but no go... any ideas. is there a repair manual available anywhere?

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Make sure you did not over fill engine oil, it can not go above top of cross hatch on dipstick, also you must use SAE30 oil for summer if not avalible you can use 10W 30. check oil on dipstick if above top of full mark then drain oil to just below top of full mark then try to start engine, if it starts problem solved if not then try to turn engine by hand in clockwise rotation looking from front/flywheel side of engine, if no movement then turn counter clockwise, if flywheel/crankshaft does not turn but notice very little movement from flywheel/crankshaft then jack front of tractor apprximately two feet, remove spark plug and spray PB rust buster (avalible at any autoparts store) into cylinder and try to fill cylinder as much as possible and let PB rust buster soak for 2 hours then try to turn engine in reverse direction of rotation (counter clockwise) 4 to 8 turns, then (with spark plug still removed) crank engine with starter and it should turn freely, if not and still seized then you have internal mechanical failure. Engine must be disassembled and inspected. If repair of engine is expensive go to mower shop and check their tractor junk yard for used engine with same model number, the peaple there should be able to help you.
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Make sure you didn't overfill oil. You can download a manual here: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/owner_manuals/27208/CRAFTSMAN-Lawn-Tractor-L0808359?brand_name_search=917256531+CRAFTSMAN
You can find parts at www.searspartsdirect.com
Many manuals are listed on page once you look parts

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