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Replacement of drive control and cable on Craftsman self propelled lawn mower

I have a Craftsman 917.377590 self propelled lawn mower. I need to replace the drive control lever and cable. The problem I have is that I can't figure out how to disconnect the cable from the bracket by the transmission. See attached link for a picture.

How do I remove the cable from the bracket? It seems to be held firmly in place but I can't tell how to remove it from the bracket.

When I put the new drive control lever and cable on, how do I adjust it so it puts the mower in gear when I put the lever forward and pull the handle down?

Are there any service manuals available on these mowers? All I can find are owners manuals which are pretty much worthless when it comes to servicing this equipment.

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Joseph Perez
I understand your concern toward wanting to replace a major part on your mower and its important to have detailed instructions so that no parts will be damaged. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some great information to assist you in doing your project. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Craftsman
February 9th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for the reply. Once you have the plastic tabs on the housing squeezed, you have to pull the housing back out of the bracket. Then the thin part of the cable will go down through the slot. In the image above, the red arrows are pointing to the tabs that are bigger than the hole in the bracket. These tabs have to be squeezed to make then fit through the hole in the bracket. I am sorry we no longer have this set up here to take picture. I did find a video on You tube that should help. Please click on the link below.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Craftsman
February 13th, 2011
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Mark,

I tried squeezing as you suggested but still can't seem to get the cable loose. The part I am squeezing is conical shaped, appears to be made of plastic and looks like it has some slots in it. When I squeeze it, it does not seem to compress or mash down at all. I tried squeezing it while trying to push the cable down and out of the slot but it does not budge.

Is there something I am not doing right?
by Manage My Life
February 12th, 2011
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Mark T
There in not be any adjustment needed, that is what the spring on the cable is for. When the drive is engaged the cable will pull the lever on the gear box and the mower should propel its self.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Craftsman
February 10th, 2011
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Mark,

Thanks for your input, I would have never figured out how to get the thing loose. I will try your suggestion over the weekend.

When I put the new cable and drive control on, is there any adjustment necessary or should it just go on and work okay? Thanks again.
by Manage My Life
February 10th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I have checked the picture you have submitted. I copied the picture and put red arrows where you have to squeeze with needle nose pliers. Once you have the tabs squeezed, you can pull the cable housing out of the bracket. Then drop the cable out of the slot in the bracket. I have marked the slot in blue. Next, unhook the spring from the lever on the gear case.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you for using Manage my life.

Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Craftsman
February 10th, 2011
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