How to Adjust a Mower Deck on a Craftsman Riding Lawnmower
Adjusting a mower deck on a Craftsman riding lawnmower requires tedious back and forth motions for perfecting the level of the machine. However, the results that come from making sure the riding lawnmower is level will give your lawn a well-maintained appearance.
Park and turn off the Craftsman riding lawnmower. Locate the deck lever and pull toward you. This will put the riding lawnmower into the highest position.
Get off of the mower and walk around to the front. Look at the tires and find the midpoint.
Locate the suspension arm on the left-front side of the riding lawnmower. Below the suspension arm is the lift link adjustment nut.
Pick up the wrench and put it on the nut. In a clockwise motion, count the number turns until the nut becomes tight. The lift link adjustment will raise the left-front side of the mower with the clockwise motion. Repeat this on the right-front side, with the same number of counts completed on the left-front side. This will level the riding lawnmower.
Loosening the lift link adjustment nut on the left-front side will lower the riding lawnmower. In a counter-clockwise motion, count the number of twists you make until the nut is loose. Repeat this on the right-front side to lower the riding lawnmower to the same level as the left-front side.
Adjusting the front and back level of the riding lawnmower requires that the left and right side be level first.
Locate the link just behind the tire and pick up the wrench. Put the wrench on the nut facing the front of the riding lawnmower. Count the number of counter-clockwise motions it takes to loosen the nut. Repeat this on the right-front side. Go back to the other side.
Locate the nut just behind the one loosened and count the number of clockwise motions needed to tighten the nut. This will lower the riding lawnmower.
Locate the link just behind the tire and pick up the wrench. Put the wrench on the left-front side nut just behind the nut facing the front. Tighten the nut in a clockwise motion. Count the number of twists and repeat this action to the right-front side. Go back to the other side.
Locate the nut facing the front of the riding lawnmower. Tighten the nut in a counter-clockwise motion. Count the number of twists and repeat the action to the right-front side. This will lower the riding lawnmower.
Take your time and make sure all sides are level.
Make sure the Craftsman riding lawnmower is turned off before making any adjustments.
Never remove the nuts.
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