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Problem with shifting into hi gear, speed surges

My craftsmam lawn tractor seems to not have much power while in a drive gear. It will not go into hi gear or 5th or 6th speed. It seems to surge and slip. Is there a transmission? What can be the problem. Steve

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Check your belt for cracks and chunks missing

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