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The front drive wheels of my 21'' 6.75 craftsman will not engage

The bekt is in place and the pulley is turning but the shafts coming out of the small transmission are not turning.

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  • slonez Jun 20, 2009

    The gear cost $6.99 at Sears. I have already fixed it. Thanks



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Gogs (or gears) in the transmission box have worn down. It is probably cheaper to replace the whole transmission than it is to replace the gears.

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