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Rear wheel drive on mower does not engage

How to repair drive on rear wheel drive craftsman mower w honda engine. wheels do not engage

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Try spraying wd 40 all over the brake control mechanism on the right rear axle, then work the controls a few times. A lot of them freeze up after storage.

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Its possible that the cable slipped does the pulley turn on top of trans.if so does the shaft turn if so then your gears on wheels need cleaned or replaced.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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