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07-02-14, 07:34 PM   #1  
craftsman model # 917.270.810

new member - ugh only took me 25mins to sign up! The site did not like the screen name i choose which is the name of our home (coonslodge) Due to them pesty raccoons! any ways .. i have a problem with our new to us riding mower . We bought it knowing the steering was broke. The guys words were he was gona use it til the wheels fell off well It did well just short of it ! This guy by the looks of the mower deck (grass never cleaned out, battery terminals corroded (Sp?) thats just starters. Well according to him he was mowing the yard for a birthday party and he heard clunk. And no more steering .LEFT IT in the yard how many days i don't know. Well we got it home within a couple hrs of thinking the situation over for a temp fix to be able to use it til we got it repaired we found where the problem was its the selector gear bracket .. Aparently its missing 1,2 or 3 parts perhaps. WE zip tied the selector to the drive shaft and push the parts together as they look to belong thru the bracket on the bottom of the frame . the steering worked ( temp) i managed to cut 1.5 acres or so at one property and some grass at another and then the grass here at the coons lodge.


I did some investigation thru sears online direct and spoke with Lewis via live chat . He said i didn't need the whole steering shaft assembly .. that i only needed a 3/8 hex bolt with a washer looks like attached to it . then i asked about the bushing for the front right wheel as its wore out completely making the wheel toe in .. He gave me the parts numbers for these and assured me that the sears hardware locally to me would have them . Guess wrong! I WENT there they said we don't sell parts . they used to have a warehouse type location but they closed it cause the new casino is being built and the owner decided to take it to thier advantage and build another HOTEL . (great just whats needed not) So its looking like i have to order these two things thru searsonlinedirect.com and i'm not thrilled gone are the days when you could go to sears parts department and get the parts you need and fix it the same day now i have to pay 3$ each for the parts and $7 for shipping it to me. UNLESS someone can tell me of a local place that sells universal parts that fit this model locally in youngstown ohio area i'd apprieate it . I got grass that needs cutting in the worse way i can't wait 7-10 days to get the parts in and i don't want to be forced to go rent a mower from a rental place at 80$ for 4hrs time. which is no where near enough time to cut all this grass! UGH .


here's some pics . maybe i could get some help here of ideas and perhaps someone could confirm what sears online direct said i needed for the steering ..


where the yellow arrow is that is where this 3/8 hex bolt is suposed to go and somewhere in there theres a u shape clip .. i had it on there but as of the last cut i did after "mending" it ourselfs to get it going the clip has now gone entirely .so now i know i need the u shaped clip and that bolt and bushing for the front wheel .

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07-02-14, 07:42 PM   #2  
Replacement Screw with hex washer, 3/8-16 x 3/4 #17000612 for CRAFTSMAN Lawn & Garden/Yard/Farm #917270810 | SearsPartsDirect


it don't look very long and 2nd there is no threads in that hole on that side of the bracket for it to screw into .. I'm confused.

 
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07-02-14, 10:26 PM   #3  
There is no bolt that I know of holding the shaft in place, just a clip. I'm inclined to tell you that it might just be best to order the steering assembly, pull out the old and in with the new and be done with it. If your clip is popping off, you are going to have problems until you fix the wear in the assembly. Usually both the shaft support and the long bushing are worn, along with the nyliner and secotr gear, and you can buy the whole assembly for about the same price as the parts and it is easier to change as a unit rather than disassemble it all and replace worn parts.


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07-02-14, 11:59 PM   #4  
well according to the guys at Sears direct the part listed in link above is what i need to repair this problem . IDK - this IS WHY i like face to face comunication with a parts supplier.. Sears dropped the ball on that by closing that warehouse here in town all because a stupid race track!
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07-03-14, 04:49 AM   #5  
The "917" prefix on your model number indicates that this unit was made for Sears by American Yard Products . . . . so you might find your parts more easily by looking for them that way, or using AYP.

I have that same steering gear on a unit that was manufactured by AMF. Your Hex Bolt is used to adjust the tightness of the Bevel Gear to the Sector Gear and I believe you'll find that the "U Shaped Clip" that has gone missing is used to keep the Hex Bolt (aka Locking Screw) from getting out of adjustment. On mine, one end of the clip is held onto the sector gear by a small screw and the other end has a "hex" shaped hole in it that simply fits over head of the Hex Bolt and keeps it from rotating loose. On mine, the spring tension of the "U Shaped Clip" is all that keeps the Bevel gear in adjustment.

You could probably fabricate a version of the "clip" if you can't find a replacement.

 
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07-07-14, 11:08 AM   #6  
i had a buddy come over and we went to harbor freight bought a box of various u shape clips and we found the right one - the steering didn't need that hex bolt - it had the spot for the clip. Which we did have - but would not stay in place.. after the second time using it the clip came off and was lost. So we got a new clip and Steering is fixed . JUST Have to order the bushing for the front wheel on the right side to fix the camber issue.. will be posting new question in a min about deck height.


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