Cratsman mower brakes

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Old 08-26-10, 12:14 PM
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Cratsman mower brakes

Not sure if this is the right forum... could not find anything under gardening...etc...
Anyway I need a lot of advice on how to repair/replace brake mechanism on a Crafstman riding mower model 917.257651.
Can anyone help with details on how to or source for repair manual (not owners/parts manual which I have).

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Old 08-26-10, 12:20 PM
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Old 08-26-10, 05:31 PM
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Hello williammartin,


This is a pretty easy repair,

If your replacing worn brake pads, Remove the two screws holding the yoke to the side of the transaxle and drop it down clear of the brake disc. Then slide the disc off to get to the inner pad on the transaxle, Install the new pad in the transaxle then slide the disc back on. I've used scotch tape to hold the pad in place to get the disc back on so the pad doesn't fall out.

While you have the yoke off make sure both pins move in and out freely, Install the new pad in the yoke again with a piece of scotch tape to hold it in place then re-install it on the transaxle.

The first time you hit the brake the tape will wear off and cause no problem.





The brake is adjustable with the single nut holding the brake actuating lever in the center of the yoke, You may need to back this nut off before tightening the yoke up after installing new pads. Then go back and adjust to proper braking after the yoke is tight.


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Old 08-26-10, 10:05 PM
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Have you tried adjusting your brakes? If they haven't been adjusted before, there's a good chance you may be able to tighten the nut a few turns and have brakes again.
 
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Thanks and follow up question?

Originally Posted by 31YTech View Post
Hello williammartin,


This is a pretty easy repair,

If your replacing worn brake pads, Remove the two screws holding the yoke to the side of the transaxle and drop it down clear of the brake disc. Then slide the disc off to get to the inner pad on the transaxle, Install the new pad in the transaxle then slide the disc back on. I've used scotch tape to hold the pad in place to get the disc back on so the pad doesn't fall out.

While you have the yoke off make sure both pins move in and out freely, Install the new pad in the yoke again with a piece of scotch tape to hold it in place then re-install it on the transaxle.

The first time you hit the brake the tape will wear off and cause no problem.





The brake is adjustable with the single nut holding the brake actuating lever in the center of the yoke, You may need to back this nut off before tightening the yoke up after installing new pads. Then go back and adjust to proper braking after the yoke is tight.


Good Luck
Thanks a lot 31 ytech.. great input... Have one further question for you.. hope you can help...
I have take the right back wheel off and now know that the "Spring,rod,brake" Key #25 on the Drive schematic is missing and I need to replace it BUT another question pops up because I think the former owner played around here before. Now the question -- there is another Part labeled "spring, return brake" key # 2 (a short spring with a small -at one end- and long at the other end pigtails) which is missing as well the spring, rod, brake -- but the schematic does not show where it attaches... Any ideas where both ends attach ??..
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31ytech.. need a bit more help...

Thanks a lot 31 ytech.. great input... Have one further question for you.. hope you can help...
I have take the right back wheel off and now know that the "Spring,rod,brake" Key #25 on the Drive schematic is missing and I need to replace it BUT another question pops up because I think the former owner played around here before. Now the question -- there is another Part labeled "spring, return brake" key # 2 (a short spring with a small -at one end- and long at the other end pigtails) which is missing as well the spring, rod, brake -- but the schematic does not show where it attaches... Any ideas where both ends attach ??..
 
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Old 08-27-10, 03:05 PM
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I do believe the spring goes on as below;





Kind of hard mowing without brakes on a non hydro drive machine huh ?
 
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Cool Thank 31ytech ...

Great input and realllllly appreciate it... Have ordered parts and will install once they get here... Without brakes it is not to bad on level ground -have been using an old anchor to stop -- But going up and more so coming down the hills on property has been a reallll experience :eek --- the wife made me increase my life insurance and take out additional double indemnity insurance if killed while mowing the lawn ..... :-)

Once again thank you very much and kudos ....
 
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Glad to help William.....
 
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