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Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 30, 2019


"TO REPLACE FUSE Replace with 20 amp automotive-type plugin fuse. The fuse holder is located behind the dash."
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/manual/8jsuacgx28-000247/craftsman-917203810-front-engine-lawn-tractors

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 28, 2019


IS the drive belt slipping? It may be hydrostatic but there's generally a drive belt off the engine to drive the pump in the rear end.

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 26, 2019


I had a similar problem with my LT1000 after the winter: engine started and ran but the blades wouldn't engage.

You need to drop the deck.
There are about 7 cotter pins holding it in place. It will help first to lower the deck, then to raise it after releasing the cotter pins. Then you can slide it out to the side.

Take a picture of the belt and pulleys running from the crankshaft under the motor and the path around the pulleys.

This will be a good chance to sharpen or replace the blades.
Check that the pulleys and blade spindles spin well.

Take more pictures for reassembly.

There are four springs which give resistance while engaging the blades, another that counteracts to release the blades and engage the brakes on the blades, and then a spring on each of the brakes. Check that everything slides well. Disassemble, clean rust and lubricate as necessary. In my case there was rust here and there that needed to be cleaned before the pieces would slide. Spent some time scraping and lubricating - plus running to get a new spring at the hardware store, before getting back into action.

As others have pointed out, check the seat spring and the actual cable to the clutch. The hardest part may just be figuring out how to drop the deck. Good luck.

This was a hand-me-down mower that hadn't received use in a couple of years.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Apr 26, 2019


IT MIGHT BE A BROKEN SPRING . WE CAN NOT LOOK UNDER THE MOWER FOR YOU

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 25, 2019


Possible one of the kill switches are stuck. Move the levers back and forth. If all else fails, connect 12v to the starter main feed to crank the engine.

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 23, 2019


When I have had trouble with vibration from mower deck I has been cutting blade issues like something wrapped around blade, broke or worn out blades.
https://www.searspartsdirect.com/riding-mower-tractor-repair/symptom/LTRTR140.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDeW2-iI7Bc

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 21, 2019


Turn the air mixture screw clockwise until the screw stops. Then back it out 2 full turns. Adjust the idle screw until the rpms are about 800. If it will not idle then you may have a dirty carb and will need to clean or replace it.

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 18, 2019


Likely you have a hydrostatic transmission in bypass. If its in bypass you can move it around when engine is off an brake is off. Disengage the bypass.


Comment with model number if you require further assistance

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 18, 2019


I believe this unit has the Hydro Gear K46 transaxle (transmission). Be sure the belt as not slipped out of place from the transaxle (transmission) drive pulley,


If belt is OK, then, possibly the transaxle is low on fluid. Unfortunately the K46btransaxle is a sealed unit. Fluid can be added, but it involves lowering the transaxle. If it is low on fluid then it obviously has leaked out some where, likely a shaft seal. If fluid has leaked from a shaft seal, the seal will need replaced. Or it could just be transaxle is kaput.

See Hydro Gear link for more information. https://www.tufftorqservices.com/instance1EnvEEdefault/FlatHTML/TechInfo/docs/repair/K46_T40_TLT200Axle_Seal_REPLACEMENT.pdf

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 18, 2019


REMOVE SPOOL AND LOOK AT IT . MINE HAD ARROW SHOWING STRING DIRECTION ON IT .

Craftsman Garden | Answered on Apr 13, 2019

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