Re: manual tilt lever is not engaging or disengaging
Starting with simplicity... most of the manual levers are pressure-based. In other words, in order to get it to release, you have to actually lift the motor off of it to get it to move. Some of them are also spring-loaded, so you may want to make sure it 'looks right' and that it isn't mangled, bent, or broken.
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To raise the head you move the locking lever back & lift the front of the motor unit up. To lower it you also move the locking lever to the back and then lower the head and release or push the locking lever forward to lock the head down while using it.
MTD uses several different configurations. Electric PTO's are tensioned all the time by an idler pulley on a spring loaded bracket. Manual PTO's with an engagement lever have a movable bracket attached to the lever via a cable that will tension the belt when the lever is engaged. Another configuration is the deck engages when the deck is lowered with the deck height lever and disengaged when the deck is raised. In this case the belt is tensioned by a large spring from the rear deck support bracket to a mount on the transaxle and tension is released by a rod that pull the deck forward when it is raised.
If your blades won't engage when you raise the lever to engage them AND
that lever moves freely without the normally expected resistance, then
you've lost the cotter pin that connects the lever rod to the mower deck
assembly. Very easy fix! Using the mower deck raise/lower lever, lower
the mower deck to "down" position. Now, lay on your side along the right
side of the mower and look up (use a flashlight) under the mower at the
top of the mower deck while moving the blade engagement lever "up"
(which pushes the connected rod down). At the end of the rod, you will
see a hole where the mower deck and rod connect. Align the hole at the
end of the rod with the matching "pin" on the mower deck (you'll see it)
and insert a new cotter pin to secure them together. Use a nail if you
don't have a cotter pin. Voila! you are done. The blade engagement lever
will now engage/disengage your mower blades successfully. Just remember
that mower deck must be down, or lowered, before you engage the blades!
To check the fluid level, tilt the motor up and engage the tilt lock lever. Open the bolt on top of the tilt/trim reservoir. The fluid should be even with the bottom of the bolt hole. If not add some fluid. When you put the bolt back in, run the trim up and down a few times. That should purge any air out of the system. Always be on the lookout for any leaking hoses or fittings. Hope this helped and best wishes.
This is too late, but for the next person: There is an extension spring around the cable attached to the blade engage/disengage lever.
On my tractor one end of the spring had the hook broken off or it. Because it is around the cable it is still in place but doesn't stretch when you engage the blade (so can't pull the pulley out and slacken the belt when you disengage).
The replacement is a few dollars and can be bought on ebay or Amazon.
Inside your trunk on the left hand side there are two electric motors one drives the rooof lid and the other drives the roof, they can be engaged and disengaged independantly by small steel levers(THESE ARE LOCATED UNDER THE MATERIAL). once disengaged check if they work by standing and checking them while someone presses the roof button for you.
If they work and everything is fine you need to engage and disengage until they are in sync, When the roof lid is open you will also notice a small button under the roof lid catches this button allows the back part of the roof to drop and to tell the car that the roof lid is closed and it is now safe to let opne the trunk.