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There is a instruction decal,on how the belt is installed,around the pulleys. This decal can be found under the left foot rest,on most Craftsman tractors. Didn't find on left footrest,try right footrest. Hope this help answering your question. Sincerely,Brad Locke 11/23/15

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 23, 2015


Look under tractor frame,there you will find a plate. Remove the four bolts (two on cache side of tractor). Drop this plate down enough to be able to reach the interlock switch,it wii be in plain sight. Do not try to replace the new switch,with out first dropping the plate,there isn't enough room between the plate and the tractor frame. I have seen tractors,that someone making this repair,not dropping the plate,and they distroyed the new switch by trying to squeeze the interlock switch between the plate and the frame (the frame will be in the way). Well i hope this information helps. Sincerely,Brad Locke

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 23, 2015


You deffinately have a loose wire or connection coming off that switch,youll have to investigate to find out where it is.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 21, 2015


When you move the lever and engage the blades you are also engaging the belt that drives the blades and sits on top of the mowing deck. Chances are that belt either came off one or more rollers, or broke. The only way to check it out is to get down and look on the top of the mowing deck. Get back and let me know what you find.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 21, 2015


Next time it quits check to see if power is reaching the starter motor. If it is then check /replace the brushes and springs. If no power to starter replace the solenoid or relay.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 15, 2015


take it in it should be fixxed & ask them if its covered under warrenty

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 07, 2015


Check the oil level. Sounds like it is to full.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 28, 2015


Use heat... get yourself a handheld propane torch and have at it... rust is a pain but not impossible

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 26, 2015


Off the cuff, I'd guess the carburetor is gummed up.
Gasoline is not good stuff. If left in a mower tank, it can evaporate over a year's time, and leave a gummy mess.
It can also "sour" and lose it's volatility.
It is a good idea to run the tank dry at the end of the mowing season, (if you have one,) and start fresh the next year.
Car parts stores sell cans, (about a pint), of carburetor cleaner you can add to the gas tank.
Try just a little of it, about a few ounces, see if that helps.
If not, try a new spark plug, before you go to the expense of a carburetor rebuild, which can cost up to $ 100.
God bless your efforts.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 19, 2015


Take a paperclip and clean out the small hole on your gas cap. And yes I am being serious.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 15, 2015


be sure you are sitting on the mower with the clutch pedal pushed down,blade engagement in off position,
there may be a safety switch bad or a wire pulled off of one or more of them or a bad starter solenoid which is a high failure item.
Check safety seat switch wires under seat,look under mower for clutch pedal switch wires located under mower near clutch pedal, check the blade safety switch if its a manual blade engagement? The (starter solenoid) you will need to find the red wire on your battery and follow it until you find it or from the starters red wire back towards battery.
Once you find it inspect the solenoid to be sure wires are in tact,then find a dc volt meter and check to see if you have voltage(12volts dc min.) to the small red wire hooked to the solenoids coil (near the bottom) when the the ignition key is turned to start position(one of your meters wire to the coil wire and one to a good ground,,if your meter goes backwards reverse the meter leads)Note:lock the clutch pedal down before you do this) If you have voltage to this wire when key is turned to start position? solenoid is most likely bad or if you dont have voltage trace that wire backwards until you find voltage then you may have found your culprit.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 15, 2015


Check power at solnoid on cable coming from battery. 12-13V. With key turn to start should have 12-13v

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 15, 2015


What are you torquing the bolts on the bottom that hold the blades? If it's the bolt on the blade that fits under the deck on the hub it's 65lbs don't over tighten or you will break off the bolt. Sorry if that was not the answer to your question maybe be more specific. MJ

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 11, 2015


If this is a manual transmission, check the drive belt from the engine back to the transmission. With the clutch pedal up (engaged) there should be no slack in the belt.

If it is a hydrostatic drive, check the drive belt and make sure it is tight. Check the transmission fluid level and make sure it is full. Refer to your owners manual as it will describe the fluid check proceedure.
Good luck, let me know.
Regards,

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 09, 2015


The belt may not be the problem. When you engage the blade, the engine is doing more, thus needing more gas, your problem is the carburetor.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 04, 2015


http://www.briggsandstratton.com/us/en/~/media/Frequently%20Asked%20Questions/Engine/PDFs/Engine%20Specifications%20Chart_ms3992.pdf

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Sep 30, 2015


only you or someone there can look under it and see what has happened . I would suspect some pin came loose and fell out .

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Sep 24, 2015


Push the clutch all the way down and try to start, does it crank over?
Let me know.
Regards,

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Sep 11, 2015


check battery and terminals including the earth wire to the motor

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Aug 21, 2015

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