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How to install clutch/idler tension spring on Craftsman riding mower, 15.5 hp, 42 in deck

I had to take off the tension spring on the clutch/idler pulley to replace the pulley, after replacing the pulley, I am unable to get the tension spring back on. I have it hooked on the clutch/idler bracket and know where it goes onto the frame of the tractor. How do I get in there to pull it to attach it back to the frame??

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It can be difficult when replacing the idler tension spring on the Craftsman lawn mower. I hope the link provided below will help you with the installation. An expert will respond to model number specifics within two business days.
by Manage My Life
September 25th, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for your question on the riding lawn tractors drive tension spring.

I will be glad to help you but I will need to have the model number from the tractor from under the seat because of the different styles of drive systems we have had through the years.

If you get me you model number I will then be able to look at that type of tractor and give you a more precise answer.

Thank you.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 21,915 community points in Craftsman
September 28th, 2012
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Just got it on, I found if you hook the spring to the frame then hook the other end to the idler arm, you can use the idler arm to stretch the spring and pop it on the shaft, put the e clip back on and Im in business. Thank everyone for the help and suggestions!
by Manage My Life
September 28th, 2012
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