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I have a 22.0 HP 50 in. automatic mower tractor mod.917.273100 with only 150 hrs operating time, but it's 4 or 5 years old. The nearest Sears shop is in another town quite far away from here, matter which makes me do most of the maintenance myself. The main transmission belt started slipping, I checked it and it was nearly breaking apart. I bought a new one (part #140218) and had a local mechanic install it. He found that the transaxle pulley is not moving freely, causes a lot of noise, and impedes the tractor for developing enough power; he assumed that the bearing must have failed. If he is right, that could have caused the problem. Could you please tell me if the pulley (part#140488) is actually supposed to move freely and if he could be right? Thank you, Sergio R. Lorenzo, Edinburg, Texas

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  • srl1856 Oct 14, 2010

    Thanks a lot for your quick reply. I attempted to order the transaxle pulley through the Sears website, but found out that the part (#140488) has been discontinued and there is no substitute for it. This is quite strange for a tractor that is not that old. Do you have any suggestion?

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I believe your model is a hydrostatic drive. If so it would just have low-high, instead of different "gears". If there is just resistance to turning, and not binding that might not be so serious you'd be feeling the resistance of the oil pump. If there is a grinding, that could be. Here is a link to a manual for your tractor. http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/owner_manuals/22925/CRAFTSMAN-Lawn-Tractor-L0010518?brand_name_search=917273100+CRAFTSMAN

Follow directions for purging transmission. Sometimes moisture can accumulate and force oil out leaving an oil water mix behind that doesn't work. Most don't have drain plugs, but if yours does you could also change the oil

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Yes he is totally correct ,what i do with anything and everything is a the old fashioned oil can with some engine oil in it ,if you oiled everything everytime you use it then you will find it will last for ever .when he fits this bearing for you ask if their is any way he can fit a grease nipple or a hole that you can drop a drip or two of oil into it .

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