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My riding mower starts up but does not change grear into drive or reverse.

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  • eric527 May 04, 2010

    I have yardman ridingmower it starts up but does not go in reverse or forward. I was given a solution and it does work.I now have squealing and something that smells like a belt is burning.Please help.


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U need to turn the mower on it's side and see what is locking up the belt, that is what the noise is, the other solution would be the belt is very loose from age and needs to be replaced, so check that as well.

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1) started up my mower for the spring and it was working fine and then died. I changed the spark plug, got new gas, jumped it and it starts fine. Well it starts good but it wont move now. The only thing I did was pull out the latch to make it easier to push and put it back in. Now the thing wont go into any gear. Whats the problem? Belt looks a little old but fine and connected to all the pully wheels. 2) I am assuming it is an automatic transmission. Are you sure that you got the latch back into the right position? Out for pushing and in for driving. The other thing to do is to purge the transmission.

Disengage the transmission. Latch out.

With the engine running slow in neutral let the clutch out, move the shift lever to full forward for five seconds then to full reverserse for 5 seconds. Do this three times.

Turn off the engine and engage the transmission, latch in.

With the engine running 1/2 speed and in neutral disengage the clutch.

Slowly move the shift lever to forward and move about 5 feet, slowly move the shift lever to reverse and move about 5 feet, return shift lever to neutral, repeat 3 times.

This will purge the transmission.

Hope this helps.

Also, make sure that the drive belt is turning the transmission pulley.

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