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Craftsman Lawn Mower 917-377553 Engine Zone Control Cable & Operator Presence Control Bar

I need a diagram for my lawn mower that is not included in the manual. I believe the Engine Zone Control Cable has been tampered with when I loaned the mower to a neighbor. It does not engage or really hasn't disengaged.

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Manage My Life
We don't have diagrams for the connections for the zone control cable. I read you response to Joseph P about the cable might be broken.

The zone control cable should move a lever on the flywheel brake on the engine. Move the bail against the handle and see if the cable is pulling the flywheel brake lever toward the rear of the engine. This movement disengages the flywheel brake so the engine can turn over.

To inspect the flywheel brake closer, remove the upper cover (blower housing) from the engine. You might find something is broken or loose in the flywheel brake assembly.

The governor arm should move freely and when you move the throttle plate and governor arm and release them they should snap back to their original position. If this is not happening, spray the linkage with carburetor cleaner or WD40 and work them back and forth 3-4 times. If the linkage is still tight, the linkage is binding somewhere. Adjust the linkage to clear the binding.
by Manage My Life
September 16th, 2010
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Manage My Life
Thank you for the information. I think the cable is broken as there is no tension in the cable itself. However, I think I need to grease/oil the governor (?) spring. It does not appear to be working smoothly. It is quite tight when attempting to move. Also, the manual for my model does not have great illustrations/diagrams. I appreciate the link you provided. Thank you.
by Manage My Life
September 15th, 2010
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Joseph Perez
I understand your concern for finding a diagram for your lawn mower, While you are waiting for an expert answer, only the expert can get most diagrams. I did manage to find some information about the problem you are having. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Craftsman
September 15th, 2010
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