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Craftsman 42" Hydrostatic Lawn Tractor.

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Nouzrid, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Nouzrid

    Nouzrid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    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:
  2. Ruben Rocha

    Ruben Rocha LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 577

  3. Nouzrid

    Nouzrid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    How do I remove the brake pads? They appear to be enclosed in the housing.
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    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.
  5. Nouzrid

    Nouzrid LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    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.

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