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Craftsman runs but will not move?/?

Was mowing and suddenly the mower came to a halt. I checked the gears and made sure nothing was in the way of anything and also the little hydrostatic ? bolt in the back. thought that might have popped out but not. Anyone have any suggestions? Really cannot afford a new mower right now..Thanks for any suggestions Emma

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  • emmawilli0 May 22, 2009

    Do not know as have not had time since the answer from rjivaro, but will certainly check all those. I was pretty thorough the other day but could have missed something...I am pretty mechanical but this has me stumped. Will certainly check these out Friday...Thanks and it isn't easy being a widow..Trust me and thanks again..........emma

  • corcorankids May 22, 2009

    mower runs but will not go into gear. Doesl not move.



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There is a long belt that connects to the pulley on the motor shaft (there are 2 belts there. The lower one is for the mower deck) and at the other end is connected to the pulley on the transmission. Is the belt in place? There is also a pulley on a spring loaded lever that keeps tension on your drive belt. If you move it away from the belt it should spin freely. Does it? If not, replace. If you lift both rear wheels off the ground at the same time, spinning one should cause the other to spin in the opposite direction. Both wheels should feel like they are controlled by the transmission and not just spinning freely. If not, check to see if the woodruff key on the axle that prevents the wheels from spinning freely has broken on one or both wheels. If all of this looks ok and the drive release bolt is positioned correctly, you very well might have a bad transmission.

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