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If your pulley is turning going into the gearbox and the tine shaft is not turning most likely something has gone wrong in the gearbox. When you shift to F does it feel like it ratchets into gear or just fall all the way over to T?

If there is no distinction between F and T most likely the shift shaft is broken.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

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