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No forward/reverse motion

First use this season.Tractor worked for 20 minutes but started slowing down until it eventually stopped. Towed to my garage and let cool for few days. Started it again, and was able to cut for 5 minutes with strained power . Eventually same problem, no forward/reverse motion. Have purged transmission few timesaver manual. Please help before I purchase ground drive belt or more without solving. Thanks.

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This sounds like you have a bad bearing in one of the blade hubs or idler pulleys. Check by turning each pulley by hand and see if it turns easily. Go around all the pulleys and blade hubs(where the blades mount) and check for ruff spots while turning, and that they all turn freely. Do this without the blade engaged, this will allow them to turn somewhat freely.

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Depending on the usage of mower it is possible that belt is worn and likely it is stretched just enough to permit slippage. Usually belts will squeal and even have a burning smell. While the engine is often check to see the mechanical actions on the belt and feel for slackness.

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Just like motor vehicles when transmission gets stuck on a particular place without moving forward or backward it is a sign of a jam in one of the transmission levers. This is usually caused by lack of transmission fluid in the gears.When the fluid or grease depending on what your unit uses gets low the levers begin to grind against one another and therefore bring about such problems as you are facing. Although there is an off chance that the problem could also be from the automatic selector in this case the damage might not be so much probably an electrical fault.
First get an expert to check the auto selector if it is in good shape. If it is then i am afraid the problem is from the transmission levers.
Hope this insight has been helpful?

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