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1997 Yardman by MTD 17 hp 42inch deck. when you shift from forward to reverse the belt comes off the trans-axle as long as you go forward it is fine. I replaced the belt and idler pulley and checked alignment it still comes off. just started doing this last fall.

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The 42-inch Yard Machines Riding Mower makes it easy for you to get yard work done. This hardworking machine features a Briggs & Stratton 17.5HP engine as well as a seven-speed shift-on-the-go transmission to give you the power to drive the riding mower up small hills and ridges.
The first step to a beautiful lawn is a level mower deck. Level your mower deck once or twice a season.
For most effective results, a lawn mower deck should have a pitch, or height difference of 1/8-inch to 1/2-inch between the front of the deck to the back of the deck. Naturally, this makes the sweet spot about 1/4-inch of pitch, depending on the mower model.
What Type Of Oil For a Lawn Mower? While automotive engine oil, such as 10W-30 or 10W-40, can be used in a lawn mower engine, it is generally recommended that SAE 30 motor oil be used.
Oil capacity is typically 15oz or 18oz*. Check oil level during the season and add when necessary. Change engine oil every 50 hours or annually, whichever comes first.
Aside from a deck adjustment gear, your mower may have a linkage that helps adjust the deck height. The linkage has a nut that you can tighten to raise the deck and loosen to lower the deck. If the metal linkage becomes damaged or seized, and you can`t make these adjustments, a new linkage is required.

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17 hp b/s will only run with choke on – Craftsman 17.5 hp 42 in. Deck Lawn Tractor – CA Model
ANSWER : Your Mixture is too lean. or you have Fuel starvation. Check you carburettors needle valve, float bowl, and Mixture control.

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I have problem with pulles an my craftsman 17 hp 42in

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Missing oil dipstick
ANSWER : Hello:

You can Purchase a New Dipstick from your Local Small Engine Service Center or Online.
Hope this Helps.

Good Luck



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Craftsman 17 hp model #917.273140, no fire to plug, will run with kill wire off of coil, all operator safety switches ck good.
ANSWER : Have you checked the ignition switch?

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How do i adjust deck belt tension – Poulan 38-Inch Steel Deck 15.5 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C Engine With 5 Speed
ANSWER : Most cases there is no adjustment to the belt if it is mounted correctly it tensions itself, if you need more adjustment you might need to just change belt because your other one is most likely stretched.

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17 HP Briggs & Str lawn mower engine that is smoking a lot –
ANSWER : Compression test it can either rent or buy one should be over 90psi!!!

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Tractor stalls i start mowing after 15 min. or so it stalls. Let cool down then its runs again for 15 and stalls.
ANSWER : I had a similar problem with my Craftsman 42″ lawn tractor with a Briggs and Stratton 17 HP engine. The problem turned out to be the solenoid valve on the bottom of the carburator. The valve shuts off the gas when you turn off the mower to stop backfire. After I replaced the valve, the mower is working like new.

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I have a 1987 craftsman riding 17 horse mower. I
ANSWER : Smoke is fine as long as you keep adding oil!!! Rings are worn,,,

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