I believe the pedal that engages the clutch had a part fall off somehow. The rod end over the rear axle doesn't move the lever. The spring, washer, and cotter pin are all in place, but it seems something is missing. Is there a drawing on line that would show me how it should look?
It's a 42 inch deck Craftsman with the 15 hp Kohler motor. Very old.....
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Re: the transmission will not engage,
It is possible that there are no parts missing - reach in and push the "rod end over the rear axle doesn't move the lever" lever forward - the brake is sticking in the "on"position - wiggle the lever back and forth, if it moves more than 1/4 inch, use a half inch wrench to tighten the nut holding the lever until the lever has only about 1/4 inch movement
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Sorry no diagram. But here is how it works. In the start position(Power) the wire goes to the start fuse, from the fuse it goes to the clutch pedal switch. Push the pedal and it goes to the starter relay. On the other end is ground. If it is good it pulls the relay closed. On the closed end is battery power to the starter.
Hello and thank you for choosing fixya. Many times when your hydrostatic transmission will not engage, it could be due to a loose, worn, or broken belt.
Check to see if your belt is still around all of your pulleys. Also, check to make sure that your belt is tight. Your mower has a bypass rod. This is the rod that you pull out, in order to release your bypass lever on your transmission, when you need to manually roll your mower. Lets make sure that this rod is fully releasing.
Double check your axles. If you have recently removed one of your rear wheels, and did not slide the square key, back into the keyway on your axle, this prevent your mower from moving when you engage your transmission.
Hi Mitch, If when engaging first gear you have a grinding and clunk try pumping the clutch pedal before engaging reverse. My reason for saying that is that if the pedal takes low to the floor you may have a defective hydrolic clutch line. If it doesn't work I think I would suspect a bent selector rod. Regards John
A high clutch pedal is good.
There should only be about a half inch of pedal freeplay, before you start to feel resistance.
So the clutch should not engage until it is almost fully released, near the top.
The makes shifting the easiest.
If the shifting is difficult when cold, then put the transmission in neutral and let the clutch out when you warm up the engine.
That will warm up the transmission oil.
Of course you could also check the transmission oil level and change it.
But your question makes me believe you may need more experience on a stick shift. Make sure you do the H pattern carefully, and do not get lazy and turn it into an X pattern.
The clutch cable actuates an axle with a gear at the other end. This gear bears against step gears on the thrust rod, which pushes against clutch. Make sure there is a circlip at BOTH ends of this axle. When replacing cover, ensure axle is returned fully with handlever out, and spring is in place on actuating fulcrum of the axle. Thrust rod must bear against roller bearing of the clutch pressure plate. Make sure step gears engage at first tooth when operating handlever. The above link provides an exploded view of the entire bike in appropriate sections as an aid.
I think you mean that the clutch has a broken cable and it is constantly engaged. The clutch dis-engages from the gear box when the clutch lever is pulled in. The push lever axle (I think this is what you are calling the main shaft) sits in a hole on the side cover. The gear on the axle engages the push rod and the push rod separates the clutch plates by pushing on the pressure plate to dis -engage the transmission. If the axle shaft is loose, check the lock bolt. Also check the cover plate. Is the casing cracked or broken at the mounting point?
If you are calling the push rod "the main shaft", then some movement is normal when the clutch is engaged as would happen with a broken cable. Please rate my answer. Thanks.
Sounds to me that the shifter broke, i believe the shifter has a ball end that slips into a pocket in trans. that moves for gear selection and that ball brook off end of shifter. if its got a linkage set up most likely samething either shifting arms came off or shifter broke where linkage rods connect.
Some clutches have a small rod that actually pushes the clutch activation lever on the side of the bell housing. If this rod is out of adjustment, maybe bent or broken, it will not disengage the clutch. In that case, you would not be able to put it in gear. If it has something between it and the lever that keeps it pushed in too far, the clutch cannot engage and move the car. You might want to check the other end of that rod and see if it has been displaced. Have somebody push the clutch pedal while looking under the driver's side of the car to see what moves, so you can tell what to check and correct.