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Murray Lawn Mower won't go in gear

I have a Murray riding lawn mower. Something happened last night when parking it, and now I can't get it to go into gear. I can press theclutch in, but it's difficult, and when I let it out, the enginesqueals and won't go in gear. It starts fine, and the mower deckworks. I tried putting the engine in gear a few times, and it wouldjust lurch forward, but then immediately squeal. When I press theclutch in, it doesn't have any effect on the drive belt at all, unlikeit should ...

This happened once before and a friend unloosened something that was locked up, but I don't remember what he did.

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  • Anonymous May 16, 2009

    How would I find the model number of the mower? Why does the mower deck have anything to do with this problem? The mower deck works fine, but it's when I let out the clutch that all $*$*$*$ breaks loose and it's noisy, and I smell a bit of burning - the drive belt I assume. The clutch is much much harder to push in now. Is there a good diagram that shows if there is something wrong with the clutch or whatever is supposed to happen to make the mower go into gear?


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My murray riding mower wont pull when i put in gear i dont have a clue what to do,it doesnt seem like its going in gear

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I have a murrah ridin mover older type, i was hauling fine until just now, when i started the mower up it rain when i went to put it in gear and release the clutch, my mower sounded like it wanted to stop cold, then i push in the break and it ran fine i had to do this a couple of times to get it back to the garage, is this a belt or what is happening never did this before

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  • wyomingwonde Apr 05, 2011

    ok i went out checked the belts everything was fine, i then took my blower and blew off all of the grass on the decking under the mower and on the battery area and she now runs just fine and goes into gear when i turned off the mower she didnt even pop so all that grass was chocking the mower and its components off yesssssssssss i can continue to work in yard tomorrow

  • wyomingwonde Apr 05, 2011

    just had same problem but i blew off all the grass that was on the decking of the mower under mower and were the battery is and now mine works fine and wont turn off when you put her into gear also check to make sure your belts are tight enough but not to tight


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Hi I have a simalar problem, when in put mine into gear and move it would stop and loud squeals from the underneath and belt slipping and wouldn't move in either direction. The brake works fine and it seams to change gear ok but it would drive along ok a bit judderey then just stop and get this squeal and then can't get it to move, help please.

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Cant put gear in to reverse on my murry riding mower..

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Used riding lawn mowers are mainly meant for bigger lawns so that the cutting process should be done effectively and efficiently.

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>>From your Description it Sounds like the Clutch Idler Pulley Bearing have Seized and the Idler Pulley cannot/is not Turning and the Squeal is the Belt Dragging Across the Pulley.
>>Just because there is No Smoke Does Not mean the Belt is Not Slipping.
>>I Suggest you Remove the Deck and Check All the Pulleys and Especially the Clutch Idler and Idler Arm Bracket.
>>You can View a Breakdown of this Mower At this Site Addy; and Select Shop Online Parts Lookup. Select the Model Tab. Select the OEM and Enter the Model Numbers (). Now Double Click on your Model in the Results Area. Now Select Sectional View. Now Select the Section of the Mower you Wish to View.
>>If the Above Site Does Not have your Unit Listed; Let me Know. I hae 2 Other Sites that have Older and Newer Units Listed.
Please, Do Not Hesitate, If I Missed Something or 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 Be Happy. Thanks.

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