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Have a Cub cadet self-propelled Mower. It does fine when going forward and it pulls put when you take it out of gear and put in "nuetral" the wheels lock up. When I changed the oil I cleaned the grass debris out by hand and air hose. I've checked the owners manual and tighten the cable. The mower will still lock up it's rear wheels.

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  • dkcox1957 Sep 08, 2009

    The mower is actually a friend who asked me to change the oil for her and she told me that it just started locking to wheels up when you pull the mower back. When I changed the oil I noticed that there was alot of debris underneath the deck. I cleaned that off and blowed air to get the rest of the debris out of the transmission area. I use 3in1 oil to oil the cables. That seemed to help in moving the cables. I was hoping in cleaning the debris out from underneath the mower deck would fix the problem but the rear wheels still lock up

  • dkcox1957 Sep 10, 2009

    Selfpropelled Cub cadet, works fine going forward
    Back wheels lock up when you pull it backwards.
    Have cleaned out the debris (dead grass) underneath but still has problems

  • dkcox1957 Sep 12, 2009

    I need to clarify the problem.

    There are 3 levers on the handle, One course is to keep the mower going as well as starting.

    One small lever is the speeds 6 of them and then there's this large lever with forward and nuetral.

    I've check and even in nuetral the wheels still spends even in the lowest speed,

    I followed the cable to the transmission, Is there any type of adjustment for this cable? There is one for the speeds both on the side of the deck and one at the handle. But I don't see one for the other handle the one that has forward and Nuetral. I hope this explains the problem. If you need me to take pictures I can do that.



    Thanks

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There should be a threaded rod connected to the shift linkage. Adjust it so that neutral is dead center in the neutral range. This should align forward & reverse to their proper locations.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

  • David Shaub Sep 12, 2009

    When you put it into neutral, it should be just that, neutral. There is a latching mechanism connected to the drive gear that isn't releasing. Depanding on the year and even month it was built, it will be slightly different. Look for a sliding link, or bar, that moves when you put it into neutral. The cable or linkage should never be loose. If it doesn't go into neutral freely, without slack, the cable is slightly stretched. There is a device that can take up the slack. It looks like a 'u-bolt' with a hook in the middle. The cable lays in grooves on the 'U' and the hoo goes over the cable. When you tighten the nut on the screw, it pulls the cable down and basically puts a kink in it, thereby shortening the overall length of the cable. The clamp is left on the cable. There are used the tighten parking brake cables on older cars,

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The self propelled front wheels have nothing to do with the rear wheels. If the rear wheels are locking up it may be that the nuts or bolts are to tight. Did you just purchase this mower? There should be a spacer between the wheels and frame so when you tighten up the bolts or nuts they dont compress the wheels againt the frame. Hope this helps

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  • roberta3fan Sep 08, 2009

    They lock up forwards and backwards when not using self propel? I would pick the mower up and see if wheels spin freely.

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