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Another mowing season off to a bad start! Please Advise

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by CNEDEER, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Mar 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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    CNEDEER

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    So, just got done tuning up the mower, or so i thought.

    Put new blades on it, changed the oil, etc.

    Got underneath the mower, drive belt is off! Thought no big deal, so I popped that sucker back on.

    Go to start the mower, and it starts fine. However, when I put it into gear, it doesnt even move??? What could this be??

    Mower is a Craftsman Kohler Pro 20 V-Twin 54 inch deck. It has 6 gears in the middle right in front of the seat, to the right it has a lever where you select low gear or high gear. I don't believe the brake or anything is stuck as I can push the mower when in neutral. Is this a transmission problem or?? Not very savy when it comes to anything mechanical, but I have learned a little bit over the years.

    Any ideas or remedies? or thoughts as to what it could be?
     
  2. Mar 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM
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    Could be a stretched belt. I feel your pain because I run a mini one man lawn care company and nothing works no matter how well you winterize the equipment.
     
  3. Mar 25, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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    Sounds like either you need a new belt.....or don't have it around the pulleys the right way.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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    Well yesterday when I put the drive belt on , it took all I had to get it back on due to it being so tight. I guess that wouldn't be the worst case scenario if it needed a new belt.

    **Just had a thought, I am able to push the mower when in neutral. If I shift it into a different gear, and I am unable to move it, will that mean the transmission is functioning properly and therefore its not a trans problem?
     
  5. Mar 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM
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    Could the trasmission or transaxle be bad. The pulley next to the trans seems to be spinning properly, which leads me to believe there is something wrong with it , or no?
     
  6. Mar 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    Did you put the pulley back on right? If you can't move it while it's in gear then it most likely is not a trans problem, maybe you didn't put it on the tensioner? The part that puts pressure on the belts and pullies.
     
  7. Mar 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    I'm going to go shift it into gear real quick and see if the mower moves. If it is in gear and doesn't move, does that eliminate a transaxle problem?
     
  8. Mar 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM
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    Just went outside and put mower into gear and it wouldn't move, does that mean its not a trans problem??
     
  9. Mar 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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    It doesn't sound like the transmission. Check to make sure the tensioner is putting proper pressure on it. Sometimes the springs on the tensioners wear out. I had to replace one of the tensioner springs on my commercial walk behind mower last year.
     
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