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Craftsman 917273482 will not shift into gear, and I can't push it because it won't disengage

Transmission will not engage in gear and it will not disengage so I can push it

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  • L&D Small Engine Repair

    First, look for a release/disengage levr on rear o mower to disengauge trans and pull it out. See if you can now push or pull unit. Net, check shifter and follow shifter linkage to trans. There should be a pin holding this in place. I suspect your pin s missing, f not you will have to take nit to a qualified mechanic. Good luck.

  • L&D Small Engine Repair

    Forgive my spelling, still on my first cup of coffee this morning.

  • Dennis Key
    Dennis Key Mar 24, 2014

    This is what I do. Not right,but jerking lever when moving. I think the problem is clutch needs adjusted.

  • Dennis Key
    Dennis Key Mar 24, 2014

    This is what I do. Not right,but jerking lever when moving. I think the problem is clutch needs adjusted.

  • Dennis Key
    Dennis Key Mar 24, 2014

    This is what I do. Not right,but jerking lever when moving. I think the problem is clutch needs adjusted.


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If there is too much play in the drive belt due to belt stretch or linkage wear, the belt will be too loose to drive the tranny but still cause the tranny input shaft to rotate preventing it from being put into gear.
Do the gears grind when trying to put into gear? With engine off you should still be able to push the machine if you put it in neutral. Unless, of course it is a hydrostatic transmission, in which case there should be a lever to push/pull which will put the hydrostat in neutral. This is all assuming that it is a hydro and while running the machine won't move when putting the drive lever into forward or reverse.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

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It sounds to me like a very loose belt or very worn out belt and also an adjustment problem.

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The detent Shaft inside transmission lost its ball and spring if its working outside transmission,could be other damage .

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SOURCE: Craftsman 42" mower deck won't disengage

Try pulling on the cable coming down to deck. This cable might be your problem. Also check that the spring on the end of this cable is present and functional.

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It is very likely that your belt is not on right. Check your manual to see it it is on right.

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yes it is a bad belt unless it is a hydro-stat(no clutch) you need to look under the mower and see if the belt is on correctly

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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