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rtvinnacombe


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Craftsman model 917.273080 Transaxle
Original Message   Aug 22, 2014 12:17 pm
My lawn tractor just stopped moving. The motor runs but the transaxle will not move at all. Belts are good, linkage is al moving as it should. The unit is discontinued by the manufacturer and the replacement unit is now discontinued. I do not see nay place on the unit to even check fluids and there are no visible leaks. There are two check valves on the top of the case but they do not appear to be service ports. Does anyone have any information of how to fix this one? The tractor is old but has been working well until now.
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longboat


Joined: Feb 11, 2009
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Re: Craftsman model 917.273080 Transaxle
Reply #1   Aug 28, 2014 10:51 am
Check the easy stuff first.  Belt, which you have checked, is most obvious.  Next would be the free-wheel linkage that comes equipped on most hyrdo lawn tractors (assuming this is a hydro unit, let us know if it is a geared unit).  Next step to check would be the shear keys on the axles.

If all of the above checks out, then look to tranny internals.  On many Craftsman tractors, you can find a spec/label for the transaxle under the seat.  The majority of the hyrdo units in lawn tractors are TuffTorq K46 units.  Many of these are designed to be non-serviceable.  However, you can remove the transaxle from the tractor, remove a plug at the top of the transaxle, tip the whole thing upside down and drain the fluid out.  Then refill the transaxle with synthetic 5w50 oil (hard to find, but ask the counter guy at different auto parts stores).  TuffTorq has some (limited) instructions and info on their website, so would be good to check that out.  If you don't have a TuffTorq transaxle, then you'll have to google for information on whatever brand/model you do have.  There are also repair kits for some of these transaxles.

Youtube has lots of informational/instructional videos once you determine exactly what transaxle you have.

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