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Removed the deck on my Poulan pro to replace the sheared pins on the broken spindle. Now the mower wont go into gear?

Shouldn't the mower go into gear, even without the deck?

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  • Kane Woodiwiss May 17, 2014

    Hi maxkainoa, I want to help you with your problem, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?



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You might have knocked the drive belt off while removing the deck/belt? what kind of transmission do you have 6 speed manual or an automatic?

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