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I just bought a new craftsman yt 3500 lawn tractor. The transmission will not engage. The forward/reverse pedal does no spring back into position after you take our foot off it.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Hydrostatic Transmission Failure
There is a transmission bypass lever on the back of the mower, if the bypass is moved out of the drive position, it will not drive in either direction, and will be really easy to push.
Posted on May 03, 2009
try to service the old transmisson it may work.but if that does not work just replace the transmisson.
purchasing a new hydrostatic transmission is much advisable as its definately the problem of hydrostatic transmission with out any doubt .but i hope servicing the old works.
Posted on Oct 01, 2008
Try jacking the unit up. Start it up and try moving pushing the forward and reverse back and forth and see if it does it then. It sounds like an oil way in the hydrostatic unit has a check valve stuck. Of course make sure that the fluid lever is up. Hope this will help you. donnyb60
Posted on Mar 23, 2009
SOURCE: No forward progress
Seems that your clutch needs adjustment, no biggie here. Get your needle nose pliers and a spare ¼ inch bolt or pin. A small Philips screwdriver will also work. The needle nose pliers are for removing the cotter pin and the screwdriver (or bolt) will hold the brake lever in place while you make the adjustment. Then, check under the right side of the deck (side where the grass discharges) right under the plastic mat where your foot rests and next to the tractor's frame you will see the brake lever with the long spring attached. Have a helper move the brake/clutch pedal so you have a better idea of what's going on down there. Then:
1. Remove the cotter pin, washer, and brake spring from the
2. Disconnect the adjustable nut from the brake lever assembly
and the parking brake latch.
3. Align the hole in the brake lever with the hole in the frame. Hold
the brake lever in place with your 1/4 inch pin, bolt or the screwdriver.
4. Pull the clutch rod forward until tight. Turn the adjustable nut
until the nut will fit through the hole in the brake lever.
5. Assemble the adjustable nut to the parking brake latch,
brake lever and brake spring. Fasten with the washer and
6. Remove the 1/4 inch (6 mm) pin, bolt or scredriver.
That should return everything to normal. Assuming that there are no broken or bent parts in your clutch mechanism.
These are the general instructions for this type o tractor. If you find any discrepancies in the description of parts or location of mechanisms, please consult the owner's manual of your particular model under “How to check and adjust the clutch”.
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Posted on Nov 05, 2009
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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