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Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mower 2008.. has been in shop three times for same problem. When on an incline and you engage and disengage the clutch/brake you hear a metal grinding noise and the mower lurches forward. Also clutch slips. slow in pulling froward and sometimes if on an incline wont' back up at all. Tighten the clutch spring and helped for short period of time.

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    Snapper Rear Engine Riding Mower 2008.. has been in shop three times for same problem. When on an incline and you engage and disengage the clutch/brake you hear a metal grinding noise and the mower lurches forward. Also clutch slips. slow in pulling froward and sometimes if on an incline wont' back up at all. Tighten the clutch spring and helped for short period of time.

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If they have been adjusting it for you this many times they have done it wrong and have ruined the clutch face plate material by letting it slip and sand off the facing material,now its down to the metal back plate and its now metal to metal,you need to have the clutch replaced soon or your going to ruin more drive components

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Hello, I have some ditches to mow with my riding mower and mine is the old style front engine design. Fortunately, my neighbor is a commercial lawn care guy and I watch him mow the ditches on his side. He uses a big commercial 6 foot walk behind even though he owns equipment like yours.

Now my mower came with warnings about incline use. And I see him going parallel to the slope instead of across the slope. If you look at how the wheels on your machine pivot when you go in a "back and forth" motion see if the wheel casters are trying to pivot instead of the tire following back and forth.

If the casters want to change direction instead of the tire rolling thats part of your problem. If you have automatic braking ask the Dealer about loosening that feature. Unless you are going over a cliff in 4 feet you don't need to stop instantly. I imagine you know if the Deck is scraping on the incline.

The noise you hear should be your best clue to the problem. The grinding should leave metal shavings somewhere. At a minimum running a pencil magnet around the clutch and brakes should pickup metal shavings. The Dealer should check the transmission or equivalent part for shavings before you Warranty out.

Even if you are not under a Warranty you want the mower fixed. If you do have to mow across the incline what I do is always start high and circle around into the road so I am always going downhill. Again check your pivots for the wheels. You will see different manufacturers put different angles in the casters. Your blades will cut to the lowest caster height and it is not necessary to have the front and back level.

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