20 Most Recent Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor - CA Model - Page 9 Questions & Answers


Go to a parts site and view the diagram. Like Sears Direct

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 23, 2014


It will be located on the front of the engine in the head. You will have to remove the spark plug wire first. You will need a spark plug socket to remove it and to replace it with a new one.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 22, 2014


I'm guessing you're talking about the Electric Clutch switch. Make sure wires going to the clutch didn't come unplugged or get damaged.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


Get some red lock tight and put it on the spindle shaft threads. Sounds like the threads are worn down and just won't hold the spindle nut tight any longer.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


Probably a fuel issue.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


I use straight 30wt.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


A battery can read great, but is truly bad. You need to load test the battery to be sure. I get a new battery at the start of every third year on my lawn tractor whether it needs it or not. Sometimes the new ones are bad too.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


The easiest way is to loosen the coils two bolts, slide it back and place a business card (feeler gauge takes to much time), in between the coil and the flywheel. Turn the flywheel until the magnets pull the coil in against the flywheel. Tighten the flywheel nuts and remove your business card.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


Could be, but first put your hot jumper wire lead where the red wire is on your solenoid and ground the other to the frame. Also, check your battery to see if it's fully charged.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


I need model number off your riding mower to answer that.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


I will need a few more details about your no start condition. Does the engine just click or does it turn over and just won't start? What are your battery amps? Did you check for spark? Do you have fuel?

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 21, 2014


will the engine turn over? Are the blades disengaged when you try starting it? If you don't see any broken belts and the blades spin without hitting the sides of the deck or wobbling then there really shouldn't be an issue, the engines are pretty tough and the belt would have slipped enough to prevent any damage to the engine.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 20, 2014


Same thing happened to me with my 26 horse kohler craftsman. Replaced EVERYTHING (spark plug, fuel filter, oil filter, and degunked the carborator), and still was flooding. It ended up being the flywheel key. Cheap part, quick fix. I guess it can happen when you hit something hard with the deck, or it can just happen without reason... I hit a snowbank hard with my snowblower attachment, but I didn't even realize it until afterwards because it kept running fine. Supposedly, even after the strain to the engine, it won't always stall out. It will keep running (but maybe rougher) until you shut it off. Then when you go to start it again, you will have no luck because all the timing is out of whack. It cost me $80 to have a repair company fix it. I think the part was only $5.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 19, 2014


check the voltage to the solenoid coil when attampting to start the engine, you can also remove the 10ga. wire from the starter and check it that way too. with the starter motor spinning your voltage to the solenoid coil (the small wires) should be no less than 8-9 volts. With the starter spinning voltage to the starter should be about the same, anything less and you could be dealing with a bad connection at the battery, solenoid or the wire ends themselves. Of course all of this is assuming the battery is healthy and fully charged, weak batteries kill starter motors and starter solenoids, it makes them get real hot and fail prematurely.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 18, 2014


Go too manuel finders .com

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 17, 2014


Go online to Sears/Craftsman , or go to Youtube ,they will have videos explaining how to

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 17, 2014


Can you explain a bit more because the front engine pully is suppose to be tight. It bolts directly to the crankshaft and it's got a keyway into it. Check the keyway to see if the pully's key has sheared off. It it has then you need to fix that first. i suggest you check for shafing somewhere else in the other belt pullys for scarring or a derailment rod loose or something.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 16, 2014


Replace the damaged push rod and check the valves and compression.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 14, 2014


take belt off, grab blade at end and watch center bolt move more than a little bit or swing by itself when turned loose. Try turn blade with hand to feel bearing roughest is another way

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jul 14, 2014

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