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Sears Craftsman Riding mower, 2007 year, model # 917.28726

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
October 30th, 2010

Sears Craftsman, riding lawn tractor, model number 917.28726, 24.0 H P, 42 inch mower, electric start, automatic transmission.

My mower has a sealed at factory transaxle. When I press on the "go" peddle, my mower does not go fast as it did when new. It has no "go" power, it does not have enough power to go up an incline. The cutting blades do not go slow. The engine appears to operate properly. A lawn mower technician said the transaxle needs to be replaced. New transaxles are expensive. I'm thinking that I might find a re-conditioned transaxle somewhere. Do you have any suggestions as to where I might find one?


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The information on the transmission not be serviceable is correct.

Something I want you to try is to place your foot under the clutch/brake while you are driving the mower. Pull back on it and see if anything improves. If it does, you have a belt tension issue. That can be because the belt needs to be replaced, or because the belt is not coming back to reach full tension on it. If that's the case you will need to examine the parts that move when you press down the clutch/brake pedal and see if you can see where it's sticking. Usually when this happens, the idler bracket that moves when you clutch is the part sticking.

If none of this changes anything then I would say yes, the transmission is like the cause. I cannot recommend an aftermarket dealer to send you to for a transmission unfortunately.

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Having problems with your Craftsman Riding Mower can be disappointing at times especially when using it. A suggestion I have while you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, You can visit Sears Home Services website to set service with a Sears technician. I attached the link below. Hope this helps!
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