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I have a 4 cycle Troy Bilt and the head won't turn but the ...

Attachment 'square' is ok.( I did notice that it won't turn either.) It's like the cable is not attached to the motor. Did the linkage cable break or is there a clutch in the housing that may have given out?

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Sometimes the only problem is that the screws holding the engine unit together has vibrated free and allowed the top shaft "square" to back away from it's proper position.

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