Question about Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model
Posted by Anonymous on
Sounds to me that you have a weak battery and is not putting out enough cranking amps..Takes more cranking amps during compression strokes to start than in down stroke...That is why you are able to start it in the down stroke less amps needed to turn motor over..
Posted on Aug 09, 2014
I also have a Craftsman tractor with the same problem. Sears repairman said it needed a new transmission and it would cost $1,400 to install. A new one is about $1,000. Anyway, if you remove the battery and the battery tray under the seat it will expose the transmission fill hole (hex). I opened the top and it looked empty. I had a bottle of 90 weight gear oil in my shop and filled the transmission to the top. I have not had any problems with it since. $4.00 bottle of oil verses a new tractor is worth a try.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
I believe you may have the belt over one or more of the belt retainers next to the pulleys. They are 5 or 6 inches long and about a 1/4 inch in diameter. You have to loosen them when you put the belt on then adjust them to where they are just barely touching the back of the belt. They keep the belt from jumping off.
Posted on May 02, 2010
here is web site for manual and parts diagram
have the valves been adjusted correctly ? or could have a tight valve clearance
and when gets warm holds valve open - looses power
your engine will be 31p777 intek ohv avs
run the piston to tdc on compression stroke , then turn piston past tdc & set piston is 1/4 inch down the bore on power stroke this eliminates decomprssor lift from the setting
intake should be 0.003 Thou
and exhaust 0.005t thou
then check the carburettor main jets and emulsion tube and pilot jets and air bleeds and progression ports for obstruction etc for restriction / blockage
check fuel flow from tank to carb , check that the fuel solenoid has got continual 12 volt supply
when switched on and does not go o/c cutting fuel supply to main jet
have a look let me know
cheers hope it helps
dont forget the thumbs rating
Posted on Jun 09, 2011
VALVE LASH NEEDS ADJUSTED AND CHECK ROCKER ARM BOLTS FOR TIGHTNESS. CONSULT KOHLER FOR PROPER TORQUE ON BOLT AND VALVE CLEARANCE BEFORE CRANKING UP ENGINE.
Posted on Oct 13, 2012
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