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My Riding Lawn Mower goes backwards when I start it...

This is first year this has happened..when I start the Mower, it goes backwards without my touching the gear shift..I have it in shopn now, but guy cannot find what is causing it..

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  • karen6882 May 21, 2009

    It is a standard Transmission, 42"cut, 20HP

  • LeeatCSE May 11, 2010

    Is this a hydrostatic or standard transmission?

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Mechanic is probably going to have to go into transmission. If he is unable to rectify the problem by shifting the transmission by hand, the problem is internal. Shifting fork may have broken.

Posted on May 21, 2009

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