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Rear Wheels won't move on riding mower when off and in neutral

I have a K-Gro 42" riding mower with an 18HP B&S engine. Went to start it about a month ago and it would not turn over. I checked the battery, and it has a good charge on it. I figured it must be a safety switch somewhere that was not allowing it to start. I pushed it back in the garage and got out the push mower. Went to go look at the rider again with a friend, and now the back wheels are locked up and will not move at all - even when the transmission is in neutral. I have checked all of the normal things, and it appears to be stuck in gear. Won't start or move. Any thoughts? Is it time to buy another?

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Sounds like the pins/dowels in your brake caliper have gotten dirty and/or rusty and are not releasing all the way. When I had my shop, we found a lot of these and I or my mechanics pulled and cleaned them then took a drill 1/64th larger than the pin/dowel and ran it through the holes in the caliper, NO MORE PROBLEMS!

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