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Craftsman 20HP , can't stop freewheeling,

I have a 1 yr old Craftsman 20HP lawn tractor, model 917.28821 . , 6 speed transaxle. It started fine this spring, but nothing engages when I put it in gear. It freewheels all the time,even when I engage the parking brake or have it in gear. Belts are all attached and on pulley.
I cannot find anywhere in the manual where there is a freewheel rod that controls this. What am I missing? It worked fine when I used it last fall.

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  • rjivaro May 11, 2010

    There could be a woodruff key on the rear axle/wheel that broke.

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Sounds like your problem is the key in your rear wheel is missing or sheared, you have to remove the wheel @ tire assembly ,pull rubber cap off then clip to remove if one of the keys is sheared or gone it will go into gear and the brake will work ,but they will only stop the shaft without the key it will not move or brake becuase its not attached if you know what I mean.

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