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I need to remove the electric clutch from my Craftsman 24 hp 50" mower (Model No. 917.273220). When I try to unscrew the bolt from the clutch the whole drive shaft turns. How do I keep the shaft from turning? I took off the plastic screen on top of the motor and tried to stop the drive shaft from turning by putting on a wrench and holding it. All I did was unscrew the bolt. Any ideas?

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  • Joseph Tanner Apr 04, 2011

    There is not a lot of room for a pipe wrench. I can barely get a set of pliers between the pulley & the top of the engine. I guess I was expecting a more standard solution to get the bolt off of the bottom of the clutch. Isn't there a more formal (easy) way to immobilize the drive shaft?

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charge the battery sometimes they come not fully charged if not push down clutch/parking brake sit on seat becouse of dead man switch and then crank it over

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there is a fuse in engine compartment that might have blown causing the engine or blades not to start but what probably happened was something got caught in the blades check under the deck & see if there is & also try spinning blades by hand & see what happens

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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SOURCE: How do I remove the spindle from the deck of a Craftsman mower.

Put your blade back on so you will have some backup on the nut. Wedge a piece of 2x4 between the blade and deck to hold the shaft while you take off the nut. You should do that before unbolting the spindle. If you are just replacing bearings, you don't have to unbolt the spindle at all. Just remove the pulley on top and the shaft with blade attached will slide out the bottom. The botton bearing, however, will be on the shaft and is difficult to get off. I use a bearing splitter to get it down far enough to drive off the shaft.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

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Put the blade back on the star on the shaft and tighten it down. Now you have some backup for the pulley nut. You may have to wedge a 2x4 between the blade and deck. THe EASIEST way is get an impact and zip it off. :-)

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lift the seat and make sure the connector is firmly plugged into the seat switch

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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