Craftsman Lawn Tractor Attachment Clutch Lever Issue

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Old 11-02-14, 01:10 PM
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Craftsman Lawn Tractor Attachment Clutch Lever Issue

I have a 10 year old Craftsman Lawn Tractor, model # 917.271142.

Wen I disengage the attachment clutch lever, the mower blades continue to spin.

Also, the attachment clutch lever doesn't return to it's full resting position.

I'm thinking it's the spring that's not pulling the lever back.

Any ideas?
 
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Old 11-02-14, 10:24 PM
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Correct, the return spring is likely missing, and there is probably dirt and grass on the deck, causing the rollers on the ends of the blade brake arms to not roll easily and keeping the tensioner bracket from turning to let the belt loose again.
 
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Old 11-10-14, 05:04 PM
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Thanks Cheese.

I had a chance to look at the cable clutch and all seems to be intact. The spring is still there.

I think the problem is with Pulley (part 32, 36, or 145 - can't tell from picture which one controls the Rod Clutch) - it doesn't seem to want spring back to keep the clutch taught and that's what keeps the Rod Clutch from not return to it's full resting position.

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Any idea what keeps the Pulley springing back?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 11-10-14, 05:53 PM
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The rollers on the brake arms I mentioned. They need to be freed up and lubed (#50). There are two of them. Also lubricate #55. Clean the deck off too.
 
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Old 11-11-14, 07:05 AM
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#50 (Shoulder Bolt)? are you sure?

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#55 is the Idler Arm - what what you lube there exactly?
 
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Old 11-11-14, 04:04 PM
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Yes, 50. 50 and 49 to be exact. 50 gets rusty and prevents 49 from rolling like it should. That keeps 55 from turning like it should. 55 also needs lubricating at the pivot point.
 
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