Question (about Lawn Mowers)
Craftsman riding mower won't move forward
my craftsman riding more (10+ years old) will start, run, engage the blades -- however, when i put it into gear it won't move. As far as I know, nothing bad happened to the mower -- when I last used it, all was well. When the mower is turned off, I can freely push / pull it while it's 'in gear'. Any suggestions on where to start looking?
The only suggestion that I would have is to inspect the traction belt that drives the transmission.If it is on all the pulleys and is not damaged, You probably have a problem inside your transmission. That belt should be tight unless you have the clutch/brake pedal depressed. Hope this helps.
cottom | United StatesStart with checking the drive belt, and in particular the nylon/plastic idler pulley (near the transaxle) that tensions the belt. It has a reputation for failing, giving the symptoms you describe. If you go to Sears.com, click on a text link in the upper left that says "Parts" it will take you to screen where you can put in your model and serial numbers. This will take you to an Illustrated Parts List, pictures! And I know you can fix anything if you have the pictures. (and the model number!)
This is a normal problem your belt may be streached fliped over or broken. Is the pully on top of the trans turning? If not thats the problem.
If the pully is turning then your trans is bad.
Try to get a used one from the junk man.
Two really good answers so far. The only thing that I can add is that after looking at the diagrams, make sure that all the springs connected to the pulleys are there and not broken. Also, if the drive belt is an older belt, replace it. A stretched belt can cause the symptoms that you stated. Good luck
KatrinaK | United StatesI know this question is old but just in case someone else has the same question I think it needs an answer.
The problem is if you have recently taken the wheel off, you didnt replace the Key to the wheel. There is a long rectangular piece of mental that goes in the wheel. Its a half inch to an inch long.It may have fallen out unnoticed when you removed the wheel. There is a grove that it goes into. It is sort of the 'wheel key'. Find it and put it back in and and put your wheel back on and your problem is solved.It engages the transmission. Thanks to yahoo questions and answers we fixed ours!! We would have never figured it out otherwise!! Hope this helps someone!!
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