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Poulan Pro Hydro 18.5-42 riding lawnmower- no drive...are there shear pins in the axle drives?

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First check that the purge valve is not engaged. Usually a small rod sticking out the back plate of the unit toward the right side. It should be pushed in.
Next check your drive belt. Best bet is to remove the deck and lay under the unit. Check for locked up pulleys and that the belt is seated properly on all the pulleys and that the belt is not stretched, cracked, or burnt. Make sure the belt gets taught when brake/clutch is released.
Lastly, there are keys in the drive axles. I have never seen one fail but they do get lost on occassion when the wheels are removed.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009


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