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Mower stuck in gear

If I push on the forward or back pedal it will whine. It will not disengage the transmission with the pin in the back that usually put the mower in free wheel

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I would say you have a problem in the hydrastatic transmission itself,and that could be a number of different things and hard for you to fix yourself,it would be best to have professionally checked out.

Posted on Apr 03, 2014

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SOURCE: I have a 20hp turbo twin cylinder, 42

I think that it is not imposible to switch gears it is just very hard. i had that problem once too!

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Tractor will not go in forward gear, only reverse.

Try rocking the mower forward and backward while you try to shift it.

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SOURCE: I have craftsman 17.5 HP 42

Check for a broken or dislodged belt

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SOURCE: Craftsman LT2000 transmission won't engage

Sounds like you either lost a bearing inside the transmission or that something in the linkage system has come loose and shifted. easiest way is to jack the unit up and visually follow the shifting hardware, while having someone trying to engage it with unit shut off and see is you can visually find where the shaft is slipping or failing to move. Hope This Helps Don

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SOURCE: lt1000 hydrostatic drive stuck - will not engauge or disengauge

Does the tractor try to move or **** in any direction, if so you may want to check to see if the disk that controls the brakes is stuck, I've seen this many times.

Posted on May 18, 2010

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