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The drive petal went loose. mower will not move under power. blades still turn.

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Sounds like your motion contol linkage has disconnected itself. Depending on your tractor, this will either be a cable, or a metal rod.

In some rare cases the motion contol is engage by taking the slack out of drive belt by manipulating the position of an idler pulley. If this is the case... check for belt breakage (it may employee 2 belts, 1 for drive, and one for the blades).

Posted on Nov 30, 2009


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