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


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


Im assuming the tractor is a hydrostatic, in this case when the transmission starts to go...thats it, call the company and find a replacment or get another tractor. unfortunately rebuilding them isnt all that worth it

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Apr 12, 2019


Sounds like you either lost a bearing inside the transmission or that something in the linkage system has come loose and shifted. easiest way is to jack the unit up and visually follow the shifting hardware, while having someone trying to engage it with unit shut off and see is you can visually find where the shaft is slipping or failing to move. Hope This Helps Don

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Mar 27, 2019


Find the fuel air mixture screw and while the mower is running turn so mower almost stops then turn them back till the moter is running smoother.Give it some throtle to see & hear how it is running

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Sep 08, 2018


You should have a roll-pin as a stop for the spring. Use a hammer and drift punch the same size or larger than the roll pin to drive the pin up to the lever arm. Change to a drift punch just a tad smaller than the hole but still covering as much of the pin as you can without the punch getting stuck inside the roll-pin--in which case just use a pair of pliers and twist and pull. Hope it helped

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Mar 30, 2018


go to Sears Parts direct.com they will help you may even be able to download as owners manual

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Mar 21, 2018


Sounds like one or more of the spindel bearings is seizing up when they get hot next time it does that feel the spindels if one or more replace it or just replace the bearing much cheaper

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jan 19, 2018


couple of things to check
3.Carburetor Adjustment. A carburetor that's incorrectly adjusted is a common cause of poor engine idling that results in hunting and surging. ... Then slowly adjust the screws tighter or looser in turn until the mower runs and idles smoothly.
this first..When the blockage moves or clears, the engine may suddenly rev up in response. To fix this type of problem, check the air filter to ensure that it's not clogged with dirt and debris. Check the vented gas cap as well. Both issues can cause reduced or sporadic air flow, and clearing them will fix the problem.
2.Water in the fuel will do it too.
sorry i posted them not in the right order.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018


You have a short related to the clutch or the clutch is shorted internally.
Check all your wiring related to the clutch. Ohm out the clutch.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Dec 31, 2017


there will be one under the seat and if you have to lift a lever to engage the blades there may be one under that

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Dec 31, 2017


Best answer i can give you is sears parts direct you can download a owners manual

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


check your spindels on the mower deck sounds like they are going bad if you dont fix it it will overheat the engine .

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


The "C" clip holds the hub on the axle. No it is not a press fit.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Dec 13, 2017


The washers go on, then the sleeve, the "C" clip holds it all on the axle.
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Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Dec 13, 2017


the noumber you saw on the body of the mower should be it go on lne LT 1000 17.5 ic ohv and see what comes up you may find it that way i hope>

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Dec 12, 2017


It may be that the gas cap no longer vents, allowing air to enter the tank as gas is being used. Try to have cap loose to see it it is the problem, and if it is, a very small hole on cap needs to be opened or made.

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Nov 02, 2017


borrow a puller

Craftsman 17.5... | Answered on Oct 31, 2017

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