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I do not have an owners manual the mower doesn?t go forward or reverse engine is fine. Check the belts, one belt is I believe off or stretched. Looking for a manual or picture so I can replace correctly.

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Ck the pully over the tranaxle to see if the key is sheared.the pully will turn but the driven shaft will not

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I have a Craftsman Model #247.203701 and it will not go forward

Not enough information in the question to answer properly for you. Is it a Manual or a Transaxle type? Usually if its a Transaxle,the shift handle will have a Module Reverse,that has three positions,Neutral,Forward and Reverse. In this module,there is a Safety Switch,if this switch is faulty in forward,it will not move. To purchase this switch the whole module has to be ordered.If the tractor is on a incline the motion belt,may be slipping.Check the belt to see if is slipping,the belts stretch over time. I have seen these belts not move forward,but will in reverse. These are two answers to your question. If the belt is bad,you can purchase this belt at any Sears store. Give them the model # of the tractor,they will look the belt up for you. Or go online at,Brad Locke DTD. 12/07/15

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Mower only barely moves in forward or reverse

first is it HYDRO or belt driven?
hydro fluid is low old or wore out, or belt slipping
belt drive belts stretched, oil on them, tension spring off,
or belts just worn out

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Moves forward fine, but creeps when put in reverse. when on incline doesn't wasnt to go backwards at all on incline. Havent tried to fix. the linkage is ok, it has hydrolic fluid no leakage noted any...

Try adjusting the main drive belt from engine to transmission. Sometimes the tension is good enough to go forward, but when shifted into reverse the tension on the belt slackens.
I hope this will give you a direction to look in.

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When changing from forward to reverse or vice versa makes a crunching noise how do you adjust

Belt is stretching inside the body remove and replace with new look in owners manual on how to change belt

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Sears ZT 7000 mower, engine runs, mower will not move

Same problem. The drive belt pulley tensioner spring broke. Replaced and everything worked great.

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I own a toro lx 425 lawn tractor, now it wont go forward nor reverse. The belt is not broken, possibly stretched. Can I adjust the belt to fit again? If so, how do I go about that?

you can check the idle pully to see if it is working,, spring could be stretched,,or you could need new belt, hope this help

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My riding mower stopped forward and reverse movement every once in a while..then it stopped completely. the engine is running fine and the throttle parts move when the pedal is pressed

Check the main drive belt. Without knowing your specific model and brand, its hard to be more detailed than that. Almost all riders have a main belt. When you look under your mower, there are usually two belts that come off of the drive shaft of the engine. One drives the mower deck and one drives the transmission for your mower. The way your mower "stopped forward and reverse movement every once in a while" tells me your belt developed a bad spot, then completely let go. Also, many mower companies host a website for their products. You can find your model's owners manuals, parts lists, and diagrams, to help you fix the mower yourself, which I highly recommend, if you are able. Shops in my area charge around $150.00 to $200.00 dollars to change a main belt.

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Both forward and reverse speed are decreasing

Hi, check the main drive belt, the belt is stretched out. you need too replace the main drive belt.

If this doesn’t work for you, please write back. Thanks,

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