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While pressing down the control bar to start the mower, the cable is free to move but why doesn't the end near the motor move?

What is the part on the engine where this cable attaches? I spayed WD40 but this part will not move, used last week, no problem moved some today but now stuck

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  • nomad247365
    nomad247365 May 03, 2015

    Its strange, the cable moves freely inside the cover. Whatever this cable connects to on the engine moved just fine last week, and a few times today. Have no idea what to do to get this brake lever to move. Any ideas? And thanks for the info by the way. WD was just handy, I do have plain old grease but need to find out why this brake lever wont move.

  • nomad247365
    nomad247365 May 03, 2015

    I disassembled enough to get access to the brake lever, loosened the screw, cleaned it up, and re-assembled everything. Now the cable moves, pulls the lever but the mower is not starting. I cleaned the spark plug an cap some and going back out and trying again. Hopefully to cut grass instead of weed eating the entire yard again, did that all last summer. So now I can pull the lever back, the cable moves the lever, but the b*^#ch won't start. Tired to clean up the spark plug and cap to it, I can tell it is getting s park at least. I have dyslexia so somethings things seem backwards to me, like the cable pulling the lever.

  • Wayland Ledford
    Wayland Ledford May 04, 2015

    The top part of the mower where the brake stops the spinning motion is called the stator ring. The stator is responsible for generation the electricity to fire the spark plug as well as the timing of "when" to fire the plug. If you remove the bolt from the center of the stator ring, you will be able to see the keyway that aligns the stator ring to the shaft. These keyways are made of a soft material and often wear. This wear comes from the brake rapidly stopping the stator ring while the shaft wants to continue to spin or from hitting a root or object with the blade and rapidly stopping the shaft while the stator ring wants to continue to spin. Inertia can be troubling. Inspect the alignment of the stator ring to the shaft. If the keyway is worn and you don't see a perfect alignment of the notches on the shaft and stator ring, then replace the keyway. A simple part that can be purchased from any parts store or lawnmower repair shop for less than a buck. Once perfectly aligned, with new keyway installed, the mower should start on the first pull, something it hasn't done for you probably in ages...lol. Good luck!

  • nomad247365
    nomad247365 May 04, 2015

    Probably why my neighbor just gave me this mower a few years ago, she could not start it. I will check that tomorrow, and if the keyway by chance it the same as the ones that go in my riding mower read wheels, I may already have one, the riding mower, last time I used it would stall out when I engaged the blades, otherwise ran fine. The year before, and friend took the whole deck off so I could take that and get new blades which I could not get off. I got a new belt and when we put the deck back on, for some reason the belt was like 4 inches to big, made an adjustment so the belt would work. Undoubtedly, my friend who is a “jack of all trade, master of none, and as my daughter said, a wet match in a dark cave,, we obviously put the deck back on wrong, probably why when the blades engage it stalls right out. I stopped trying to use it when I got the push mower. Now the tires are all dry rotted and probably will need a new battery. That mower has a name, Gimme, GImme something every time you want to ride. Is from 1996, an old Murray.

  • nomad247365
    nomad247365 May 10, 2015

    The cable now moves but can't start the mower. Have to find a tool so I can get to the key way and check that. Thanks for the help. Similar problem with my weed eater, but that is now working, and with the correct oil/gas ratio, lesson learned from that one.

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If the cable is not moving then it may be broken. If the lever that releases the blade brake won't move then the brake mechanism is seized and you will have to open it up and free up that mechanism. Simply spraying WD40 won't usually fix that. WD40 isn't the best solvent in this case since WD stands for Water Displacement, it was designed to keep things dry. Something like PB Blaster or Kroil is best.

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Testimonial: "Here's an update ok I went outside, disassembled to where I could access this brake lever, and am now very confused. It PUSHES FORWARD, IT DOES NOT PULL BACKWARDS as the cable would move the lever. here is the link to the video I made so yo could see it. It moves one-handed. https://youtu.be/1PjJ3JY5NYY. In the video you can see me moving the cable inside the sheath quite easily. Where the cable attaches to the lever, you push it forwards, the brake comes off the flywheel?, not sure if that is what that part is called, but that opens the switch at the other end."

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