I bought a Craftsman walk behind lawn mower at a garage sale. Bad mistake, I know!
Its a ‘1990’ Craftsman II 5.5 Gold 3 in one Convertable Model # 917.3785 70.
It’s suppose to be Self Propelled, but it is Not Propelling! I’m a smaller built girl, so it’s pretty hard to push for me. The belt isnt broken on it, please help me figure out what could be wrong with my mower?
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Take off the cover up front on the self propel. Engage the self propel and make sure your cable is not broken. If that is ok then remove the wheels and inspect the molded cogs on the inside of the wheels and make sure they are not stripped out. If they are stripped go to www.sears.com and on the tool bar click on parts direct. Under model number enter yours and it will take you to a parts diagram. Get the part number for the wheels and go to local small engine parts dealer and get new. You can also do a search on the web for the wheels and maybe get them cheaper.
Good luck and let me know if this helps or you need any more help.
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Inspect the V-belt for damage and replace it with a new one if necessary. Damaged control cable – A broken, or misadjusted, control cable will prevent the mower from self-propelling as well. If the cable is intact but doesn`t move freely, you can try applying a small amount of lubrication to the cable.
Check the drive control cable when your lawn mower won`t move because the drive cable can stretch over time. Replace the control cable if it`s damaged. A worn or broken drive belt will also prevent the mower from moving so check the belt next. Adjust the drive belt or replace it if it`s broken.
Most self propelled mowers utilize a solid shaft drive transfer system that turns the drive axle to both wheels simultaneously. If the drive loss is only in one wheel, the problem is likely a trapped, broken, or missing part within the drive ratchet or gear system of the non-functioning wheel.
So can you push a self-propelled lawnmower? You can push a self-propelled lawnmower, it won`t damage the transmission in any way. However, it may be difficult to do so, self propelled mowers are a little heavier than a regular push mower.
You Lose Power in the Middle of Mowing:
Here`s why this happens and what you can do: Dirty Air Filter on Your Lawn Mower: Clean or replace. Dirty Spark Plug: Clean or replace. Build Up of Clippings & Debris: Clean underside of your lawn mower deck as noted above.
All gas-powered engines need sufficient oil to run smoothly and they take the same type of oil to run as do cars. There are many brands of oil to choose but your first consideration is the type of oil that works best for your mower.
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Lowes or home depot have replacement ones
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CHECK THE FUEL FOR CONTAMINATES OR OLD GAS
EMPTY COMPLETELY OUT AND PUT IN NEW GAS!
ALSO CHANGE SPARK PLUG!
IF YOUR LOW ON OIL, IT MIGHT AUTOMATICALLY SHUT OFF ALSO!!
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