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Diane Yorra

Craftsman Lawn Tractor will not move with engine running

I have a Craftsman Lawn Tractor 20 HP 42" Electric Start Automatic Transmition Model # 917.275661.
I have had it about 6 years and never had a problem. It ran and cut great. I parked it. About a week later, I started it and tried to move it and it won't move. The shifter is very loose. You can move it from forward to reverse without resistance. Before, there was resistance to move shifter. I looked at the drive belt and it was off one of the pulleys. I put it back on, but the belt is very loose. The only thing that happened from the time it ran fine and now is a child of a worker got on it and pulled the shifter and throttle back and forth. I know this because I have seen the kid do it on his parent's 4-wheeler and my lawn tractor's shifter and trottle was not in the position that I left it. I have checked the normal things like making sure parking brake if off, freewheel control rod is dis-engaged, the mechanism under the shifter moves when you move the shifter. I can't see where that mechanism is attached, so I don't know if something is loose. I was told that if the belt is on correctly it should move the tractor even if it is loose especially since it worked fine when I parked it a week earlier. Any suggestions?

Craftsman , Lawn Tractors , Lawn Mowers
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Manage My Life
by Manage My Life
June 21st, 2012
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