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Mtd rear tines tiller won't engage tines. F and R

Mtd rear tines tiller won't engage tines. F and R work fine. Just can't get it to engage tines.

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I had similar problem recently with 2007 Huskee MTD series 410. The shift assembly bent and couldn't move the clutch collar all the way over on the drive shaft.

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Posted on May 27, 2010

  • mcclr1 Aug 14, 2011

    I too had one that would pop out of gear while tilling. You could hold the lever in but that would eventually bend the shifting fork in the transmission and it would then jump out of the groove in the shifting sleeve. I put new pins on the shifting fork and reinforced it so that it would not bend so easily. It worked fine for a few minutes and then jumped out of gear again. A friend led me to the real solution. The shifting fork is not supposed to hold the shifting sleeve in gear. It is only supposed to slide the shifting mechanism and the detent spring and ball are supposed to do the holding work. I once again repaired the shifting fork but this time ordered a new detent spring part number 932-0863 and a new detent ball part number 741-0862. They cost $4.40 and that was the solution to the problem. I would also order a new shifting fork if yours has been bent. The new ones are a different design that has more reinforcement. It is a lot of work to tear into these so buy the new parts the first time. I was getting adept at the process after doing it three times.

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It sounds like the shift shaft or something in the gearbox the shift shaft engages. I know you didn't want to hear this but it is not uncommon. Most operators don't use the clutch bail when starting, stopping, and shifting as they should.

I hate to say it but this may require a trip to your service center for repair.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

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