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Troy bilt lawn mower. Will not engage self propell, front wheels

The handle that I normally grasp to engage the self propell has no tension. I checked the handle and everything is hooked up fine there. Taking the cover off of the front of the mower I noticed the cable for the self propell is snapped, I think. I'm not sure what it was connected to, but I do know that I can pull the cable back and forth. Unable to find a diamgram on how the cable should be attached. Any help would be appreciated. Can't afford a repairman right now and with all this damn rain my grass is going to be 3 feet tall in a couple of days. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    cannot engage self propelled unit-belt o.k. cable o.k.

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Hi John, my Troy-Bilt self propelled lawn mower has a loose V-belt that I need to replace. It didn't snap but it did slip off and I was able to get it back on the pulley. But now it's too loose. How do I get the new belt on? There doesn't seem to be and easy access to the pulley.
I have an authorized Troy-Bilt repair place nearby, they charge $75 per hour. I'd rather do it myself if I can.
I read online about the 2005 V-Belt recall problem & wondering if this is part of it. I do have the receipt. Thanks so much.
Purchased 2008
Model 12AI869F011
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    Oh rats, got mixed up, posted a question in the answer section. SORRY!! Will somebody delete this for me?

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Hello:

Send me the Model and Type or Spec Numbers Off the Engine and the Mower Model Numbers, Please. With these I can Locate the Proper Manual and Better Assist you. The Engine Model Numbers May be Stamped Into the Blower Housing (metal engine cover) Above the Spark Plug. The Mower Model Numbers are Usually Located Under the Seat on a Sticker on the Body of the Mower.
>>If you Hit a Snag or this Does Not Correct the Problem, I am Here if You Require More Assistance. Hope this Helps. Let me Know What Happens, Please. May the All Mighty Bless You and Yours. Be Safe and Happy.
>>Thanks.

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