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Riding mower clutch & brake issues

Craftsman riding mower 917.273090. Need help troubleshooting a clutch sticking and brake not engaging problem. Sometimes when I push the clutch/brake pedal down to shift gears the pedal stays down when I release it. I can put my foot under it and pop it up but that throws the mower into gear abrubtly. What causes this & how do I fix it?

Another issue is that sometimes when I try to engage the parking brake it appears to be engaged but the mower will still coast. These two issues may or may not be connected.

Craftsman , Lawn Mowers
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It is important for all of your equipment to work properly, especially when you need to use the machine. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I have found two links that will provide some help. It sounds like the brake return spring is the issue, but you will need to check it to know for sure. The second link will show you where it is and how to change it. I hope these links will help.
by Manage My Life
July 25th, 2011
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There is a spring (pt 149412) that pulls back on the clutch/brake lever to give it tension when you let off of it. If you look about half way across the tractor (up under the dash area) on the clutch/brake pedal there is a tab sticking up. The spring connects to that tab and pulls straight back to a hole near the base of the dash. I do not have a photo of that hole, but if you pull that spring straight back you will see the hole it goes in.

The spring, or any other parts, may be ordered



I think the brakes are another issue from the other problem. If you look back on the left side of the transmission you will see the brake assembly. You can tighten the bolt up on the brake lever (on the transmission) and see if that corrects the problem. If it does not you may want to consider getting new brake pads.

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by Manage My Life
July 27th, 2011
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