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Brad Malone

Grinding noise on my Craftsman Mower Model #917287140

There is a grinding noise on my Craftsman Mower Model #917287140, that started after the finding freewheel control half engaged. Dosen't make the noise with the brake or parking brake engaged, nor I don't notice the noise when mowing, probally because of the noise the blades make themselves..

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I'm glad you found the problem. I believe that pulley is replaced with a steel pulley and this will most likely last a very long time.





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by Manage My Life
June 5th, 2013
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Brad Malone
TC and Wade_B you both were dead on. It looks like the front idler pulley got stuck and the belt actually wore a grove in it at some point. When spinning it, it makes noise where the other two spin freely and are quiet. Thanks very much! I will purge the air from the transmission once I replace the pulley. I actually asked this question almost a year ago on another site and received no responses. Now I can fix it and not worry about what it is making that sound.
by Brad Malone
June 4th, 2013
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Most likely a grinding noise you only hear when you have your foot off of the pedal will be caused by a failing idler in the drive system. Most often, I see the little V idler closest to the front, but it could be any of the idlers in the set up.





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by Manage My Life
June 3rd, 2013
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terry claar
Brad, check the idler pullies on the drive system. when the brake/clutch is pushed in there is no tension on the drive belt so the idler pullies are not moving. when you release the clutch the pulley puts tension on the drive belt making it turn so the trans pulley turns. when a bearing goes out on a idler pulley it will only make a grinding noise when the brake is released. look in the owners manual for purging the air from the trans and do that also. if all the pullies are ok on the drive system and purging the trans of air makes no change your problem would most likely be in the transaxle.
by terry claar Earned 57 community points in Craftsman
June 3rd, 2013
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Manage My Life
I can appreciate your alarm over this grinding noise.  My mind seems to hover over the thought of the transmission.  Some transmissions rely on the proper fluid level to create movement so if the level is low that could be a cause.  Otherwise,  it may require a more invasive inspection.  I have located a link that's highly technical but will be very helpful in addressing this issue and pin pointing the cause. 

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to view the link.  Though this link discusses a different model number,

the mechanics are likely going to be very similar.Keep in mind that an expert will be

responding within the next two business days if not sooner and will likely offer you more information and

instruction.  If you feel you would need further assistance,  or if you feel like you would be more comfortable

having an expert resolve your issue, I would strongly recommend Sears Home Service.com. When you do,

make sure to take advantage of their 10% off coupon available to you for making your Sears Service appointment on line.  

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to open to their page for home service.  I hope this will help you and have a nice day.
by Manage My Life
May 31st, 2013
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I understand that your mower is making a grinding noise. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question. Have a great day!
by Manage My Life
May 31st, 2013
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