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Nouzrid
08-13-2010, 06:54 PM
Craftsman 42" Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor Model # 917-271120.

My parking brake is not holding. I checked the owners manual and checked the measurements from the nut to the brake arm and it is 1 3/4" as per manual.

How can I repair this?:confused:

Ruben Rocha
08-13-2010, 07:19 PM
Try looking at:
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/getSubComp.pd?modelNumber=917271120&productCategoryId=1509200&brandId=0247&brandDescription=CRAFTSMAN&modelName=TRACTOR&diagramPageId=00001&componentDescription=HYDRO%20TRANSAXLE&documentId=10055661&blt=06
Could be the brake itself is bad part #41.
But I would check that other items are working such as the linkage is actually moving the brake.
Such as item #37

Nouzrid
08-14-2010, 07:17 AM
How do I remove the brake pads? They appear to be enclosed in the housing.

Restrorob
08-14-2010, 10:51 AM
There is a nut holding the brake lever onto the transaxle, Put a wrench on this nut and see if you can tighten it 1/4 turn at a time until you re-gain braking power. But you don't want to go too far or it could drag with the pedal up.

Nouzrid
08-14-2010, 08:56 PM
It seems that the problem was at that location but wasn't the problem. I had to remove the brake lever and clean it up a little. After many, many years of service the lever and pins had gotten rusty and a little pitted. I cleaned them up and applied a light coat of grease to the lever on the side where it makes contact with the pins. After making a few adjustments it will stop on a dime and give 9 cents change. The parking brake is strong as new. Thanks for the advice.