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Troy built tractor will not go into neutral

I have a Troy Built lawn tractor model 686 that shifts fine but when you place the shift lever in neural the wheels stay locked up as if it is still in gear. Do I need a new transmission?

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  • dale188 Mar 24, 2009

    The problem was the brake pad on the rear axel shaft. I guess that cleaning the rear of the tractor off helped some but I cleaned and adjusted the brake and it works fine now. Thank you for the help.


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SOURCE: 20 Year Old Craftsman Lawn Tractor Steering Gear Slips

check top of sector gear mounting plate for waer this is the gear that hooks to you steering gear . the plate that it mounts to will ware down causing it to be loos and slip . the only way i know to fix it is to pull the cross member out and take it to a welding shop and have it built back up.if the bolt is as tight as itcan go .

Posted on May 06, 2009

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SOURCE: Craftsman lt1000 with manual transmission,

The detent Shaft inside transmission lost its ball and spring if its working outside transmission,could be other damage .

Posted on May 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Loss of drive in a Craftsman Lawn tractor

I also have a Craftsman tractor with the same problem. Sears repairman said it needed a new transmission and it would cost $1,400 to install. A new one is about $1,000. Anyway, if you remove the battery and the battery tray under the seat it will expose the transmission fill hole (hex). I opened the top and it looked empty. I had a bottle of 90 weight gear oil in my shop and filled the transmission to the top. I have not had any problems with it since. $4.00 bottle of oil verses a new tractor is worth a try.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009

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SOURCE: i hav a 42 inch y4500 lawn tractor. i hit a

yes you will have to bend the shifter you may have to take it off to do that

Posted on Mar 08, 2010

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SOURCE: I have a 14.5hp craftsman lawn tractor, model

Assuming you have a MANUAL (IE non-hydro) transmission ....

Can you shift with the engine OFF? If so, the problem is a dragging dirve belt transmitting power even though the clutch pedal is depressed. Check the adjustment, and that you have FULL travel on the pedal.

If you CAN'T shift with the engine off, then either the linkage is jammed/stiff, or there's an internal trans fault.

If you DO have a hydro trans, disconnect the linkage at the trans and attempt to move the lever on the side of the trans with vise-grips or similar. If you can move it without much effort, the linkage is siezed, if not, then internal trans fault.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks for the info. I thought it might be in the trans. but I was hoping there was a way to check the fluid. I can't find a plug or filler cap. And no, I don't have the manual. Vince"

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