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Self-propelled doesn't work

My handle has tension, but the self-propelled is not working. Help

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  • jimandcar521 Apr 26, 2009

    We have the 12AV834Q711 and have the same problem.  The self propel will turn the wheels if they are lifted up off the ground, and try when they are down, doesn't move the mower.


    Cable is not broken and new drive belt has been installed.

  • vinny M May 02, 2009

    Same Problem, Replaced Belts and Pulleys.

  • jolukola May 04, 2009

    SAme problem as listed, Wheels spin but when placed on ground stops, pull has been decreasing gradually, now nothing

  • moxie2009 May 14, 2009

    The self propell works great in the air but when it is on the ground there is no assistance from the self propell. When it started to act up, I could push it engaged and it would eventually work but not any longer

  • jason Sep 13, 2013

    plastic gears in wheel or wheels may be stripped out or might have grass in them

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    self propelled doesn't work

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Pulling the drive handle but nothing happens

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Remove plastic cover to access drive mechanism
check belt and remove debris and try again

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Belt might have oil on it .might be stretched or worn out . check for pulley wear

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There should be 3 pulleys one on the motor on top of the blade, one on the axle for the wheels and one that goes to your cable to engage that pully and tighten the belt, take the cover off that hides the axle and pull your handle for the self propell and see if its tighting, some mowers have a little adjuster to tighten the cable on the self propell handle or even on the cable itself, did you make sure to run the belt between the guides over the blade, let me know what you find so we can further help

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The problem with the way it's designed however, is that if you pick up the vacuum cleaner by the handle of the machine rather then using the carrying handle on the back of the vacuum, it causes too much tension on the actuator arm, and will cause the cable to rip right out of the arm.

This is a VERY common problem on this model. To check and see if this part is broken on your vacuum, step on the handle release pedal so that the handle is in the vacuuming position, push the pedal a second time so the machine lays flat on the floor.

Now if you look right behind the height adjustment switch, and the rug / floor switch where the floor part meets the upright part, you should see a cable that connects into the actuator arm. Pull up and down on the handle and look for movement. Is the cable loose with only a nut attached to it, or is it resting in the actuator arm?

Here's a very helpful link that shows you exactly how to replace the actuator arm:
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If this didn't help you, and the problem is still happening, please just use the add a comment form here on Fixya and let me know that you're still having problems. I'd be honored to go through and do some more advanced diagnosing with you.


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