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Front wheel fell off my craftsman tractor.

I was on the phone with Sears customer service but all they do is transferring you to the others. I need to fix it!! And I don't know exactly what parts I need. I took the other wheel off just to check how it suppose to look and seems like there are some broken or worn out parts.

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Mark T
tommyrebel,

If the engine is popping and not running correctly, I suspect it has a problem with the carburetor. Once you start the tractor and turn the choke off does the engine start to making the popping noise. If it does try turning the choke on slowly to see if the engine starts to run better. If it does, I suspect the main jet in the carburetor is partly plugged. We see this around the springtime because the engines have been sitting over the winter and the gas starts to break down. Cleaning the carburetor usually cures this problem. I found a great site that shows how to clean the carburetor. Click

here

to be taken to the site. Once the carburetor is cleaned, refill the tank with fresh fuel and check the operation. I hope this is helpful.
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by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Craftsman
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Hello,

Yesterday my Sears Craftsman mower, model # 917273620, ran and cut properly. Today when I started it, the engine did not run smoothly, and made loud, popping noises. Then when I turned on the switch to start the blades, the blades turned only at about 1/2 speed. I waited for about 30 seconds, and then the blades seem to turn at full speed, but when I put the hydrostatic transmission stick in the foward position and started going, the engine started popping more, and the mower would barely go forward, and eventually chocked off. I repeated this several times, but it wouldn't go far before it chocked off. I checked all three belts, and they seem to be tight, and the oil in the engine is full. Please give me any suggestions as to what the problem might be.

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May 24th, 2013
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Mark T
I am sorry the image did not post. I reposted it below.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Craftsman
November 4th, 2012
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I will be happy to assist you. I posed an image below that shows how to remove the mower deck. Just click on the image to enlarge it. Once the deck is removed, you can remove the mandrel covers. Be sure to clean around the screw heads before removing the screws. I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance. Mark
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Hello,

I have a model 917273620 Sears riding mower. I need to drop the deck to replace a belt and to clean out some of the hardened grass and dirt around the belts and pulleys. What is the best way to do this?

Also, are the plastic pulley covers on the outer edges of the deck removable so that I can clean the pulleys better?

Thanks,

Tommyrebel
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Mark T
Paul,






If the bearing is not in the rim I recommend using a pair of vise grips or channel locks to grab the outside of the bearing. While pulling out on the bearing try to turn it. This should allow the bearing to break free. If it doesn't you can clamp the vise grips onto the bearing and tap outward on the vise grips with a hammer.



I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you need further assistance.



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On this same topic, how if you accidentally didn't put the washer in front of the flange bearing and the flange bearing gets stuck in the spindle hub, is there a way to remove that? Thanks in advance.
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Thanks Mark. What is a drag link? I noticed that I have a nut connecting the tie rod, not a cotter pin as your above answer said,and a nut connecting the other piece (drag link?). Perhaps some tractors spindle connections are slightly different. Also, what is a drift punch? Is that some type of chisel? Can I get one of those at Lowes? As mentioned earlier, the guy who mowed my yard told me I needed a press to get the bearings in, but other people say just a hammer and wood.

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May 16th, 2012
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Mark T
Tommyrebel,


Replacing the spindle is not difficult to do. Once the tractor is lifted and the wheel is removed, take the plastic cap off the top of the spindle. Then remove the drag link and tie rod. The drag link is secured with a nut and the tie rod has a cotter pin. Once you have them disconnected from the spindle, remove the clip on the top of the spindle. The clip is the same as the one used for the wheel. Once the clip is removed, the spindle will drop out the bottom of the axle. Then reverse these steps to install the new spindle. After it is installed, grease the zerks and check the operation.

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Mark T.
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Thanks Mark. I will try that this weekend. The left spindle does have a missing or torn area around the metal hub that the inside wheel bearing fits into. Is a spindle hard to replace. Can you tell me the steps for doing that.

Tommyrebel
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Mark T
The wheel on your tractor should have two flange bearings one on the outside and the other inside that are the same. Over time, the bearing will wear out. The hole in the bearing will get bigger and the wheel will start to wobble. To replace the bearings follow the steps below.
• Lift the wheel off the ground and support the tractor.
• Remove the dust cap and retaining ring.
• Slide the tire off the axle paying close attention to the placement of the washers.
• Use a drift punch and hammer to knock the bearings out of the rim from the inside.
• Use a hammer and a block of wood to knock the new bearings into the rim. The wood will protect the new bearing from damage.
• Reinstall the wheel, retaining ring, and dust cap
• Last step is to use a grease gun to lubricate the new bearings.

Be sure to inspect the spindle. If it has a groove cut into it, you should replace it also.


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Hello Wade,

My craftsman riding mower, model 917273620, had the front wheel fall off the other day. I was told I need wheel bearing. I ordered from Seardirectparts.com the part #9040H, which sears call a flange bearing. Is a flange bearing the same as a wheel bearing? Also, does this particular wheel require 2 wheel bearings? I only ordered one because the one bearing in the front is in intact. I was told that it is very hard to manually drive the bearing down into the wheel, and that it is best to take it to a shop that has a press to install the wheel bearing into the rim. The wheel bearing came today from Searsdirectparts.com, and I noticed that the opening (hole) in the new bearing is smaller in diameter that the opening in the bearing that is still on the wheel, even the the total diameter of the both bearing looks the same. Why is this? Is it because the old spindle (9years old) has worn out a bigger hole into the old bearing that the new bearing has? I would appreciate any advice you can give me.

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TOMMYREBEL
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May 10th, 2012
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yes. that's correct. For one side. If the other side has any wear to it, you may go ahead and replace the bearings there too. If you can lift the mower up in a jack you will want to grasp the wheel and see if you can rock it against the bearings. There can be a little bit of play, but not too much. That is a loaded statement, I know. But it's one of those things where you just have to go by how it feels. If you pull the rubber dust cap on the other side and see any metal powder in the cap you may want to consider replacing the bearings on that side. When you get all the parts replaced, make sure you grease both front wheels with some all purpose grease. Each wheel has a grease fitting so make sure to do that at least once a year. About 5-10 pumps with a grease gun should do it.
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Okay, so I need:
9040H two bearings,
121749X two washers,
188967 hardened washer,
12000029 clip and
104757X428 plastic cap.
Am I right?
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Okay. I wasn't able to see the photos for some reason to start with. I see them now. Your wheel bearings are shot. In one of the photos it looks as if the wheel hub may be damaged from the bearing being worn out. Maybe it wore down the point of getting into the hub.

The bearings are part number: 9040H

I would try to put a bearing in it before I replaced the wheel though. If it will hold a bearing it will be fine. If it wont, it will have to be replaced. Wheel is a bit pricey. wheel pt. number: 106228X613

When you install the bearings use a hammer to knock them into place. A 3-5 sledge works great. But any hammer will do. Bigger the hammer, less times you have to hit it.
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Tractor is 26HP, 54'' mower
And the model number is 917.289450
I attached a few pictures of it I took today in my original message. I hope you'll be able to see everything.
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I will need the model number from the tractor (under the seat) to be able to see how your machine is set up.

Most of our machines have the same wheel spindles and the wheel is held on the same across the board. Basically you will have (starting from the inside) a thin washer, the wheel, another washer, and a “C” clip (there should be a rubber dust cover on the outside). If you look at the end of the axle shaft there will be a ring cut in it maybe 1/4 inch in. That is where the “C” clip sits (in that groove).

You may or may not need the washers behind the wheel on the shaft but you must have one between the wheel and “C” clip. If you don’t, it won’t take long for the wheel bearing to grab the “C” clip and pull it from the shaft.

You mentioned some parts might be worn out. The wheel bearings can wear causing the wheel to fall off. The “C” clip can break or fall off causing the wheel to fall off. The wheel bearing can wear out and wear out the axle at the same time causing the wheel to fall and you will then have to replace the axle (spindle) and bearings.

If you submit back with your model number I can pull a photo of the wheels and spindles up for you. Or you can go

HERE

and put in your model number to see the pictures yourself.

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afritz afritz
While you are waiting for an expert response something you can do is go onto the Sears Parts Direct for diagrams. I have attached the link below if you are interested in viewing. Hope this helps!
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