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I have a 38" deck yard machines(MTD) lawn tractor. When I raise the lever to disengage the blades, the blades still keep turning. Does anyone know how to fix this problem?

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    Blade engagement is controlled by belt and pulley system. Check for proper belt size and that a pulley tension spring has not broken.

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If they are slow to stop,thats ok if they don't ever stop thats an issue,the brake shoes that drag on the top of the blade spindles are worn out or not adjusted correctly !

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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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I have the exact same model MTD tractor with same problem. It began when the bolt that extends through the idler arm assembly broke and subsequently damaged the pulley. Upon examination of the broken bolt, I found that the threaded end that extends below the deck is significantly smaller that the rest of the bolt. I got a larger bolt with the same size threads, bored out the hole through the deck and it made the whole idler assembly much stronger. the deck still has some vibration and some unusual belt harmonics, but it appears to be working. Compared to most other tractors of this size, this deck is very complicated.

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go to the online web site for the yardman this will give you the guide on how to replace the belt.

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SOURCE: Blades won't disengage

Hi,
When the mower is off and the clutch is disengaged you should not be able to physically turn the blade(s) if you can then you need to adjust the blade brake (look on the mower deck and you should see what appears to be a brake pad). Your owners manual will show you how to adjust. If you need a copy of the owners manual then I would suggest going to www.managemyhome.com and downloading a free copy of the manual for your mower (Need model number which starts is located under the seat).
Good luck!

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I dont know the belt size but if you go to mtd belts in Jackssmallengines.com you should find it. Stephen.

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