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My transaxle on my riding mower has seized up and won't disengage with the freewheel lever. Craftsman 3000 is ten years old, has oil in case, no leaks; all has beeb fine till this year.

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Sounds like you need a new transaxle. You can remove it and unbolt it in half,check what wrong. Get parts from Crafsman store

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Doing a purge is really easy:

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