20 Most Recent Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model - Page 2 Questions & Answers


the best advice i can give is to make sure those bolts are tight and have a lock washer on them if it keeps happening go to a profor advise never hsad that problem

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 30, 2017


The alternator is built into the starter. Check with a volt meter to see if you have at least +13v while mower engine is running. Could be a bad battery.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 30, 2017


These wheels are usually just held on with a Key way, ALOT OF TIME they offer resistance because they are rusted insode the rim and are needing a mallet to hit them from the inside pretty hard.

Turn it as you can usually a lever on the back side of the mower can be pulled out without the brake on to slip the transmission into nuetral. Turn the tire. I have used a small peice of 2x4 as well because a hammer dont fit well. Good luck I will watch this post and search my Diagrams to see if i have this rider tmrw at work.!

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Sep 19, 2017


ground the spark plug to the engine block it should spark. sounds like you need to check the valves and push rods

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 07, 2017


Try cleaning your gas cap vent. It sounds like it may be partially plugged. If it is plugged, the engine will eventually stall.
Regards!, --W/D--

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jun 25, 2017


first check for spark/ no spark, replace coil/ have spark/pull the fuel line off at carb and let flow into gas can, see if it keeps flows then slows/ replace fuel filter OR clean gas tank, it might have a filter in the tank also.
a jumper wire can be used to excite the fuel shut off solenoid on the carburetor if so equipped. also scotch lock can be used to bypass seat and clutch saftey switches for testing/diagnostic troubleshooting purposes.
let me know how you do
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Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jun 15, 2017


resecure the dipstick tube fill with oil and restart motor and observe tube at seat for any leaks and listen to motor making sure no internal damage was done if no issues your good to go

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Apr 16, 2017


The blade bolt can be very difficult to remove sometimes and will require an impact wrench. If that doesn't work, you will need to heat up the nut only with a Ox/Acetylene torch, then it will remove easily. Do not heat the nut too much or it will ruin the thread on the spindle when it comes off. Remember to heat the nut only.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Apr 04, 2017


happens unless you check blades for turning before starting up for the season.. also garage the mower during off season.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Dec 02, 2016


need to fix that. it may be a fire hazard.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Sep 17, 2016


Look at the attached photo. It's #57.
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Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 24, 2016


When the key is turned to the off position it grounds out the ignition coil to stop the spark plug from firing and also it interrupts the 12 volt signal to the Carburetor solenoid which will shut off the gas supply to the main jet. For both of these to not happen it would most likely be the key switch as it is the only thing they have in common .

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 16, 2016


Easy way to set that is to put a piece of electrical tape over the magnet on the fly wheel and rotate the fly wheel till it is under the magneto and then loosen the magneto bolts till you can slide the magneto up against the tape, Tighten the bolts, rotate the flywheel out of position and remove the tape. Rotate the fly wheel by hand to check for free clearance all the way around.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Apr 29, 2016


Did you change the oil there maybe gas in it if float stuck on carb. also if rocker was off the valve maybe sticking in the valve guide sometimes you can clean with out taking all apart with carb cleaner

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Apr 10, 2016


kill switch is on? which would be the case when: mower perhaps engaged? or not sitting in seat? clutch not depressed fully?

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Apr 03, 2016


Make sure it is not vapor locking. My mower gets dust in the vent hole of the gas cap

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Mar 17, 2016


The transmission belt is probably loose or the clutch is faulty.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 25, 2015

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