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How do I replace shaft on center pulley of riding lawn mower

Craftsman model 917.273100 The gear that attaches to the center blade is stripped. Parts is sending me a new shaft. What do I need to know to replace the shaft. Do I need to drop the "deck", if so any help on how...what about tools for this or for replacing the shaft (ie: is a wheel puller or special tools needed). Thanks, I am a 67 yr old fellar that needs all the help possible. Just think of your grandpa trying to fix his lawn tractor. thank, ernie harper

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You won't need any special tools to replace the mandrel shaft. An impact driver makes the nut on the pulley and the bolt that holds the blade much easier to remove.

To remove the nut that holds the pulley on the shaft place a piece of wood inside the deck to jam the blade while you unscrew it.

You would be better off to remove the deck from the tractor before repairing the mandrel. The instructions for removing the deck are in the owners manual. You can download, view, or print a copy of the owners manual free at [managemylife.com].

Use the block of wood to jam the blade again and remove the bolt that holds the blade on.

Start the nut that holds the pulley on the shaft 2-3 threads and drive the shaft down and out of the mandrel. You will damage the shaft when you drive it out and the bottom bearing might come out with the shaft.

With the shaft removed you can drive the bearings out of the mandrel with a long screwdriver or shaft. You should replace the bearings when you replace the shaft.

Drive the top bearing into the mandrel housing from the top with a piece of wood or a socket that fits the bearing. Put the bottom bearing on the shaft and pull it into the mandrel housing by tightening the pulley nut.

You can buy a complete mandrel by ordering part number 143651. The cost is around $70.00. The new mandrel has a new shaft and bearings in it. You have to reuse the old pulley.

I hope this helps.
by Manage My Life
June 18th, 2010
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