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Craftsman 19hp won't move when in gear

I had to change the tire on my 4 yr old riding mower and after I had this done the mower wouldn't go into gear. It is NOT hydrostatic and the mower worked fine before the tire change. I jacked up the back of the mower and the wheels did turn while in gear but I could stop them with my hand. I checked the drive belt and it seems fine. Can you help me please?

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  • french906 May 27, 2009

    Thank You!!! found the key on the ground right where you said it would be...put it back in and the mower works great again!!!

  • french906 May 29, 2009

    Sorry. I am new to this site and wasn't aware of the follow up question. I have fixed it for you. Again thanks for your help.

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There is a square key about 2 " long that fits in the slot on the axle and wheel and locks them together.. You probably didn't see it when putting tire back on and knocked it out. If you go back where you removed tire, you'll find it laying on the ground.

Posted on May 27, 2009

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  • Dwain Pippen May 29, 2009

    Just wondering why you only rated my solution as "Helpful" instead of a 'Fixya' when it totally solved your problem? It also made my rating percentage go down.

  • Dwain Pippen May 29, 2009

    Thank you! Glad I could help. Dwain

  • Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton Sep 22, 2012

    The same happened to me when I took off the rear tires. Found one key and put it back in BUT the mower still does not engage in gear. Do both rear tires carry keys? How do I place them ?

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    Helen Charles Knighton Sep 22, 2012

    got it working now found the key for the other tire.

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