How to Adjust the Brakes on a Craftsman 917270530 Lawn Tractor

How to adjust the brakes on a Craftsman 917270530 Lawn tractor

The Craftsman 917270530 Lawn Tractor features a brake and clutch pedal that allows the operator to stop the tractor or change gears. The tractor brake works using an arm and cable  that extends from the brake pedal to the brake rotor located in the transmission gearbox. Many Craftsman Lawn Tractors use a similar design to the 917270530 in the braking system. So, if you know how to adjust the brakes on a Craftsman 917270530 lawn tractor, the same basic method applies to similar models. With wear and tear, the brake cable can be stretched or worn to the point where it will no longer engage the brake rotor.  So, the question of course is how to adjust the brakes on a Craftsman 917270530 Lawn Tractor.

Step 1: You need to park the tractor on a flat surface where it can’t roll. You may need to use wood blocks to make sure the wheel can’t roll. Turn off the engine and allow the tractor to cool off. Set the parking brake to keep the brake pedal pushed down.

Step 2: Look near the right rear tire and find the brake cable and arm spring attachment. The spring will connect the brake cable to the small metal arm the operates the brake rotor in the transmission.

Step 3: Loosen the retaining nut that holds the adjustment nut in place. Tighten the adjustment nut until the spring is about 1.5 inches long. Tighten the jam nut against the adjustment nut to hold it in place.

Step 4: Operator the tractor and see if the brakes are improved. Repeat steps above if necessary to get the brakes set correctly.

It’s not difficult to learn how to adjust the brakes on a Craftsman 917270530 lawn tractor once you know the steps.

Source: Craftsman Lawn tractor Operator Manual


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