Craftsman lawn mower troubleshooting

Craftsman is a brand of tools, lawn and garden equipment, and work wear. It belongs to KCD IP, LLC, which, in its turn, is the property of Sears Holdings. In addition to the Sears shops, Craftsman range is sold in many other shops, including Kmart, Summit Racing Equipment, and Ace Hardware.
Lawnmowers sold under the Craftsman brand fall into four categories. There are self-propelled lawnmowers, push mowers, electric mowers, and reel mowers.
Is your Craftsman lawnmower not working at all or just not starting? The tables below give the easiest solutions to the most common problems with lawnmowers. Find the symptom in the first column (for instance, “a lawnmower won t start”), then try the repair tips next to it.

Craftsman 917.387101 lawn mower troubleshooting

Craftsman 917.387101 is a deluxe push rotary lawnmower. It has all the basic features typical for a Craftsman lawnmower, and in addition to them, offers a set of advanced options. Although specifications and features vary from one model to another, basically all these appliances use the same platform.

PROBLEMCAUSECORRECTION
Does not start1. Dirty air filter.1. Clean/replace air filter.
2. Out of fuel.2. Rll fuel tank.
3. Stale fuel.3. Drain tank and refill with fresh, dean fuel.
4. Water in fuel.4. Drain fuel tank and carburetor and refill tank with fresh gasoline.
5. Spark plug wire is disconnected.5. Connect wire to plug.
6. Bad spark plug.6. Replace spark plug.
7. Loose blade or broken blade adapter.7. Tighten blade bolt or replace blade adapter.
8. Control bar in released position.8. Depress control bar to handle.
9. Control bar defective.9. Replace control bar.
10. Weak battery.10. Charge battery.
11. Disconnected battery connector.11. Connect battery to engine.
Loss of power1. Rear of lawn mower housing or cutting blade dragging in heavy grass.1. Set to “Higher Cut” position.
2. Cutting too much grass.2. Set to “Higher Cut” position.
3. Dirty air filter.3. Clean/replace air filter.
4. Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower.4. Clean underside of mower housing.
5. Too much oil in engine.5. Check oil level.
6. Walking speed too fast.6. Cut at slower walking speed.
Poor cut - uneven1. Worn, bent or loose blade.1. Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2. Wheel heights uneven.2. Set all wheels at same height.
3. Buildup of grass, leaves and trash under mower.3. Clean underside of mower housing.
Excessive vibration1. Worn, bent or loose blade.1. Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2. Bent engine crankshaft.2. Contact an authorized service center.
Starter rope hard to pull1. Engine flywheel brake is on when control bar is released.1. Depress control bar to upper handle before pulling starter rope.
2. Bent engine crankshaft.2. Contact an authorized sen/ice center.
3. Blade adapter broken.3. Replace blade adapter.
4. Blade dragging in grass.4. Move lawn mower to cut grass or to hard surface.
Grass catcher not filling (if so equipped)1. Cutting height too low.1. Raise cutting height.
2. Lift on blade worn off.2. Replace blade.
3. Catcher not venting air.3. Clean grass catcher.
Hard to push1. Grass is too high or wheel height is too low.1. Raise cutting height.
2. Rear of lawn mower housing or cutting blade dragging in grass.2. Raise rear of lawn mower housing one (1) setting higher.
3. Grass catcher too full.3. Empty grass catcher.
4. Handle height position not right for you.4. Adjust handle height to suit.

Craftsman GARDENTRACTOR 917.27528 lawn mower troubleshooting

The Craftsman 917.27528 lawnmower (also known as a garden tractor), is a very powerful machine equipped with a 27.0 HP engine. The owner of the 48″ mower can feel all the benefits of such features as electric start and automatic transmission.

PROBLEMCAUSECORRECTION
Will not start1. Out of fuel.1. Fill fuel tank.
2. Engine not “CHOKED" properly.2. See “TO START ENGINE" in Operation section.
3. Engine flooded.3. Wait several minutes before attempting to start.
4. Bad spark plug.4. Replace spark plug.
5. Dirty air filter.5. Clean/replace air filter.
6. Dirty fuel filter.6. Replace fuel filter.
7. Water in fuel.7. Drain fuel tank and carbure- tor, refill tank with fresh gasoline and replace fuel filter.
8. Loose or damaged wiring.8. Check all wiring.
9. Carburetor out of adjustment.9. See “To Adjust Carburetor" in Service and Adjustments section.
10. Engine valves out of adjustment.10.Contact a Sears or other qualified service center.
Hard to start1. Dirty air filter.1. Clean/replace air filter.
2. Bad spark plug.2. Replace spark plug.
3. Weak or dead battery.3. Recharge or replace battery.
4. Dirty fuel filter.4. Replace fuel filter.
5. Stale or dirty fuel.5. Drain fuel tank and refill with fresh gasoline.
6. Loose or damaged wiring.6. Check all wiring.
7. Carburetor out of adjustment.7. See “To Adjust Carburetor" in Service and Adjustments section.
8. Engine valves out of adjustment.8. Contact a Sears or other qualified sen/ice center.
Engine will not turn over1. Brake pedal not depressed.1. Depress brake pedal.
2. Attachment clutch is engaged.2. Disengage attachment clutch.
3. Weak or dead battery.3. Recharge or replace battery.
4. Blown fuse.4. Replace fuse.
5. Corroded battery terminals.5. Clean battery terminals.
6. Loose or damaged wiring.6. Check all wiring.
7. Faulty ignition switch.7. Check/replace ignition switch.
8. Faulty solenoid or starter.8. Check/replace solenoid or starter.
9. Faulty operator presence switch(es).9. Contact a Sears or other qualified service center.
Engine clicks but will not start1. Weak or dead battery.1. Recharge or replace battery.
2. Corroded battery terminals.2. Clean battery terminals.
3. Loose or damaged wiring.3. Check all wiring.
4. Faulty solenoid or starter.4. Check/replace solenoid or starter.
Loss of power1. Cutting too much grass/too fast.1. Set in “Higher Cut" position/ reduce speed.
2. Throttle in “CHOKE" position.2. Adjust throttle control.
Loss of power (continued)3. Buitd-up of grass, leaves and trash under mower.3. Clean underside of mower housing.
4. Dirty air filter.4. Clean/replace air filter.
5. Low oil level/dirty oil.5. Check oil level/change oil.
6. Faulty spark plug.6. Clean and regap or change spark plug.
7. Dirty fuel filter.7. Replace fuel filter.
8. Stale or dirty fuel.8. Drain fuel tank and refill with fresh gasoline.
9. Water in fuel.9. Drain fuel tank and carburetor, refill tank with fresh gasoline and replace fuel filter.
10. Spark plug wire loose.10. Connect and tighten spark plug wire.
11. Dirty engine air screen/fins.11.Clean engine air screen/ fins.
12. Dirty/clogged muffler.12. Clean/replace muffler.
13. Loose or damaged wiring.13. Check all wiring.
14. Carburetor out of adjustment.14. See “To Adjust Carburetor" in Service and Adjustments section.
15. Engine valves out of adjustment.15. Contact a Sears or other qualified service center.
Excessive vibration1. Worn, bent or loose blade.1. Replace blade.Tighten blade bolt.
2. Bent blade mandrel.2. Contact a Sears or other qualified service center.
3. Loose/damaged part(s).3. Tighten loose part(s). Replace damaged parts.
Engine continues to run when operator leaves seat with attachment clutch engaged1. Faulty operator-safety presence control system.1. Check wiring, switches and connections. If not corrected, contact a Sears or other qualified service center.
Poor cut-uneven1. Worn, bent or loose blade.1. Replace blade. Tighten blade bolt.
2. Mower deck not level.2. Level mower deck.
3. Buildup of grass, leaves, and trash under mower.3. Clean underside of mower housing.
4. Bent blade mandrel.4. Contact a Sears or other qualified sen/ice center.
5. Clogged mower deck vent from build-up of grass, leaves, and trash around mandrels.5. Clean around mandrels to open vent holes.
Mower blades will not rotate1. Obstruction in clutch mechanism.1. Remove obstruction.
Mower blades will not rotate (con’t)2. Worn/damaged mower drive belt.2. Replace mower drive belt.
3. Frozen idler pulley.3. Replace idler pulley.
4. Frozen blade mandrel.4. Contact aSears or other qualified service center.
Poor grass discharge1. Engine speed too slow.1. Place throttle control in “FAST position.
2. Travel speed too {ast.2. Shift to slower speed.
3. Wet grass.3. Allow grass to dry before mowing.
4. Mower deck not level.4. Level mower deck.
5. Low/uneven tire air pressure.5. Check tires for proper air pressure.
6. Worn, bent or loose blade.6. Replace/sharpen blade. Tighten blade bolt.
7. Buildup of grass, leaves and trash under mower.7. Clean underside of mower housing.
8. Mower drive belt worn.8. Replace mower drive belt.
9. Blades improperly installed.9. Reinstall blades sharp edge down.
10. Improper blades used.10. Replace with blades listed in this manual.
11. Clogged mower deck vent holes from buildup of grass, leaves, and trash around mandrels.11. Clean around mandrels to open vent holes.
Headlight(s) not working (if so equipped)
1. Switch is “OFF.1. Turn switch "ON”.
2. Bulb(s) or lamp(s) burned out.2. Replace bulb(s) or lamp(s).
3. Faulty light switch.3. Check/replace light switch.
4. Loose or damaged wiring.4. Check wiring and connec- tions.
5. Blown fuse.5. Replace fuse.
Battery will not charge1. Bad battery cell(s).1. Replace battery.
2. Poor cable connections.2. Check/clean all connec- tions.
3. Faulty regulator (if so equipped).3. Replace regulator.
4. Faulty alternator.4. Replace alternator.
Loss of drive1. Freewheel control in “disengaged" position.1. Place freewheel control in “engaged” position.
2. Motion drive belt worn, damaged, or broken.2. Replace motion drive belt.
3. Air trapped in transmission during shipment or servicing.3. Purge transmission.
Engine “backfires” when turning engine “OFF”1. Engine throttle control not set at “SLOW” position for 30 seconds before stopping engine.1. Move throttle control to “SLOW” position and allow to idle for 30 seconds before stopping engine.

Craftsman PGT9000 lawn mower troubleshooting

Craftsman PGT9000 lawnmower is one of the most well-known garden tractors from the Craftsman range. The 28HP 54″ tractor has electric start. Some of its features include a reverse pedal, a deck lift lever, and an LCD system indicator monitor.

ProblemCauseRemedy
Engine fails to start1. PTO/Blade Engage knob engaged.1. Place knob in disengaged (OFF) position.
2. Parking brake not engaged.2. Engage parking brake.
3. Spark plug wire disconnected.3. Connect wire to spark plug.
4. Throttle control lever not in correct starting position.4. Place Throttle lever to FAST position.
5. Fuel tank empty, or stale fuel.5. Fill tank with clean, fresh (less than 30 days old) gas.
6. Blocked fuel line.6. Replace fuel line. See a Sears or other qualified service dealer. Replace fuel filter. See the Service and Maintenance section.
7. Faulty spark plug.7. Clean, adjust gap or replace plug.
8. Engine flooded.8. Crank engine with throttle in FAST position.
9. Fuse(s) blown.9. Replace fuse.
Engine runs erratically1. Tractor running with Choke activated.1. Check that the electric choke is working. See a Sears or other qualified service dealer.
2. Spark plug wires loose.2. Connect and tighten spark plug wires.
3. Blocked fuel line or stale fuel.3. Replace fuel line. See a Sears or other qualified service dealer. Fill tank with clean, fresh gasoline and replace fuel filter. See the Service and Mainte- nance section.
4. Vent in gas cap plugged.4. Clear vent or replace cap if damaged.
5. Water or dirt in fuel system.5. Drain fuel tank. Refill with dean, fresh gasoline. See the Service and Maintenance section.
6. Dirty air cleaner.6. Clean or replace air cleaner paper element or clean foam pre-cleaner.
Engine overheats1. Engine oil level low1. Fill engine with proper amount and type of oil.
2. Air flow restricted2. Clean grass clippings and debris from around the engine’s cooling fins and blower housing.
Engine hesitates at high RPMs1. Spark plug gap set too close1. Remove spark plug and adjust gap.
Engine idles poorly1. Fouled spark plug1. Replace spark plug and adjust gap.
2. Dirty air cleaner2. Clean or replace air cleaner element and/or clean pre-cleaner.
Excessive vibration1. Cutting blades loose or unbalanced1. Tighten blade and spindle. Balance blade.
2. Damaged, dull, or bent cutting blade2. Replace blade.
Mower will not mulch grass1. Engine speed too low.1. Place Throttle control in FAST (rabbit) position.
2. Wet grass.2. Do not mulch when grass is wet.
3. Excessively high grass.3. Mow once at a high cutting height, then mow again at desired height or make a narrower cutting swath.
4. Dull blade.4. Sharpen or replace blade.
Uneven cut1. Deck not leveled properly.1. Perform side-to-side deck adjustment.
2. Dull blade.2. Sharpen or replace blade.
3. Uneven tire pressure.3. Check tire pressure in all four tires.

Craftsman Remote Controller lawn mower troubleshooting

Craftsman Remote Controller, also known as the ZTS 7000, is a zero-turn tractor with electric start. It is a rather successful combination of a 21HP Briggs & Stratton engine with a 42″ mower. The model has all the basic features, including the engine speed control (choke-o-matic), ground speed levers, and a seat adjustment lever.

PROBLEMLOOK FORREMEDY
Ground speed levers not in START/PARK positions.Lock ground speed levers in START/ PARK positions.
PTO (electric clutch) switch n ON position.Place in OFF position.
Out of fuel.If engine is hot. allow it to cool, then refill the fuel tank.
Parking brake disengaged.Engage parking brake.
Riel valve closed (if equipped).Open fuel valve.
Engine flooded.Open the choke.
Gas is old or stale.Drain fuel and replace with fresh fuel.
Engine will not turnover or start.Battery terminals require cleaning.Clean the battery terminals.
Battery discharged or dead.Recharge or replace.
Wiring loose or broken.See authorized service dealer.
Solenoid or starter motor faulty.See authorized service dealer.
Safety interlock switch not working.See authorized service dealer.
Spark plug(s) faulty, fouled or incorrectly gapped.See authorized service dealer.
Water in fuel.Drain fuel and refill with fresh fuel.
Circuit breaker blown.See authorized service dealer.
Riel mixture too rich.Clean air filter. Check the choke.
Engine starts hard or runs poorly.Spark plug faulty, fouled, or incorrectly gapped.See authorized service dealer.
Riel filter dirty.Replace fuel filter.
Engine knocks.Low oil level.Check/add oil as required.
Using wrong grade oil.See authorized service dealer.
Engine running too hot.See engine fins, blower screen, and air cleaner.
Excessive oil consumption.Using wrong grade oil.See authorized service dealer.
Too much oil in crankcase.Drain excess oil.
Dirty air filter.See authorized service dealer.
Engine exhaust is black.Engine choke control is in closed position.Open choke control.
Engine runs, but rider will not drive.Transmission(s) disengaged.Unlock roll release rod(s).
Belt is broken.See authorized service dealer.
Drive belt slips.See authorized service dealer.
Brake is not fully released.See authorized service dealer.
Internal transmission problem.See authorized service dealer.
Rider drive belt slips.Pulleys or belt greasy or oily.Clean as required.
Belt stretched or worn.See authorized service dealer.
Brake will not hold.Brake components worn or damaged.See authorized service dealer.
Internal transmission problem.See authorized service dealer.
Rider steers or handles poorly.Steering linkage is loose.Check and tighten any loose connections.
Improper tire inflation.See Maintenance section.
Mower will not raise.Mower deck not properly installed.Unlock roll release rod(s).
Deck lift components damaged.See authorized service dealer.
Mower cut is uneven.Mower not leveled properly.See Mower Adjustment.
Rider tires not inflated equally or properly.See Maintenance section.
Mower cut is rough looking.Engine speed too slow.See engine speed control to FAST.
Ground speed too fast.Decrease ground speed.
Blades are dull.See authorized service dealer.
Mower drive belt slipping because it is oily or worn.See authorized service dealer.
Blades not properly fastened to spindles.See authorized service dealer.
Engine stalls easily with mower engaged.Engine speed too slow.Set engine speed control to FAST.
Ground speed too fast.Decrease ground speed.
Cutting height set too low.Cut tall grass at maximum cutting. Height during first pass.
Discharge chute jamming with cut grass.Cut grass with discharge pointing toward previously cut area.
Excessive mower vibration.Blade mounting hardware is loose.Tighten to 50-60 ft-lbs (68-81 Nm).
Mower blades, spindles, or pulleys are bent.See authorized service dealer.
Mower blades are out of balance.See authorized service dealer.
Blade installed incorrectly.See authorized service dealer.
Excessive belt wear or breakage.Bent or rough pulleys.See authorized service dealer.
Using incorrect belt.See authorized service dealer.
Mower drive belt slips or fails to drive.Idler pulley spring broken or not properly attached.See authorized service dealer.
Mower drive belt broken.See authorized service dealer.

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