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post #1 of 21 Old 05-20-2019, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Craftsman Brake Pad replacement

Hello: I have a craftsman lawn tractor model 917.255520. It's a 38 inch. I have adjusted the brakes per the manual and they are still kind of weak. Can anyone direct me to a procedure to replace whatever consumable brake parts there are to improve the braking? I assume there is some kind of brake pad. Just not sure of the assembly procedure or parts.
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Re: Craftsman Brake Pad replacement

Look under the tractor behind the right hand rear wheel, there should be a disc brake assembly. The caliper comes off easily enough. It is likely a Peerless transmission
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Re: Craftsman Brake Pad replacement

It's pretty simple and takes only a few minutes as long as everything isn't super rusty. When you remove the brake assembly make sure the two steel pins that push the outer pad move freely in their housing.
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Re: Craftsman Brake Pad replacement

Here is the adjustment procedure. (download the owners manual for free and you can make the print larger)



https://www.searspartsdirect.com/man...-lawn-tractors

The adjustment on some Peerless is kinda critical. (1/2 turn of a adjustment nut will be too tight or too loose) Make sure you do not get it too snug or the brake will drag and wear out the pad faster.
I would measure and take note of where the adjustment is BEFORE you adjust so you can go back if you find it;s not adjusting and you may need a part instead of an adjustment. Usually adjusting will fix them if they have not ever been adjusted previously.

AND yes about getting brake pad for the Peerless type transmissions. Some just have one little bitty one. You can also download a free Tecumseh Peerless transmission manual on-line. Your differential has ID marks or tags on it. Sometimes the little brake pad part number is not easy to find and not shown in Owners manuals. Hopefully you just need to make a slight adjustment.
Take careful note of the parts when removing the old pad and put all back in correct order and don't get the brake pad arm up side down or it won't brake. Use a dob of paint, etc for witness marks on the parts you are removing for correct re-assembly. Taking pics with a camera will not work in this area due to small parts etc. (and some parts lists do not have IPL's for this area)
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Thanks everyone. I have adjusted the brakes once last year per the procedure in the manual. They never really were reliable and now the brakes are worse. Unfortunately, the wheel hub is frozen to the axle shaft, making this job a little more difficult, but I will give it a try.
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I disassembled the outer brake shoe carrier and cleaned it up and inspected the brake shoe puck. I could not access the inner brake shoe because the brake disc won’t come off. The bake shoe I was able to inspect has a good thickness. I compared the thickness to a new one. I put everything back? But the brakv
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I disassembled the outer brake pad carrier and cleaned it up and inspected the brake pad puck. I could not access the inner brake pad because the brake disc won’t come off. The bake shoe I was able to inspect has a good thickness. I compared the thickness to a new one. I put everything back, but the brakes are still weak probably because the inner brake pad is low. Does anyone know how to access the inner brake pad?
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Re: Craftsman Brake Pad replacement

The seized brake disc is part of the problem, it needs to float. PB Blaster or a similar product plus patience is the key.
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So the brake disc is supposed to move in and out on the shaft? The disc rotates with the shaft fine like on a car. I thought the caliper is supposed to squeeze the pads onto the rotating disc.

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The seized brake disc is part of the problem, it needs to float. PB Blaster or a similar product plus patience is the key.
Never gave that much thought but it makes sense. otherwise why would there be an inner pad. Someone just donated an old ford lt125 to our church for a yard sale. I was told it had no brakes. I thought just not working. When I looked I saw the brake rod was gone. Then I saw the whole brake assembly was gone.
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Re: Craftsman Brake Pad replacement

Not sure about yours but of them peerless differentials do not squeeze two pads on each side of the rotor.

Only squeezes a small pad into one side You can tell by looking at the Disc (rotor) and it will only be shiny on one side indicating only braking on one side of the rotor. The ones tha tuse only one disc do not brake real good, usually will not slide a tire but will hold the machine somewhat to keep it from rolling or slow it down but won;t do any good on a steep grade.

Post up a model of your Peerless Xmission and maybe we can help?
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Thanks. I will try to pull the numbers tomorrow. I tired pb blaster and using some heat. Brake rotor wouldn’t move.
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Re: Craftsman Brake Pad replacement

The simple ones that have a ramp that presses on a pair of pins have a floating disk. The disk rids on a splined shaft, and gets squeezed between the pads.
If you inspect the disk and can see no retention mechanism, then it should be movable, and removable to allow for pad replacement(how else is it going to get replaced...?).
Having pads that only push on one side of the disk means there must be something supporting the disk against brake pressure. If there is pad material behind the disk, the rotor must float unless the pad carrier does. SOMETHING has to be movable.
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Ok. On the outside pad carrier there is a pin hole in the pathway of the ramp. There is nothing sticking out of that hole except on the inside of the carrier there is a little nub followed by the thin pad backer plate and then the pad puck. Is there supposed to be a pin sticking out on the ramp that will get pushed when the brake arm rides over the ramp?
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Thanks. I will try to pull the numbers tomorrow. I tired pb blaster and using some heat. Brake rotor wouldnít move.
Some of them Peerless rotors are not intended to be removed. Doing so will damage them. Some are pressed onto a splined shaft.

Post up a model number of your differential. You can find a FREE download for the Tecumseh Peerless differentials and it will show you how to ID or find the Peerless model number.
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