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Problem Engaging / Disengaging the Blades

When I disengage the blades on my LT1000 it takes about 15 seconds for the blades to stop and there is a lot of slack in the engage / disengage handle. Prior to this it has been extremely hard to engage the handle. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Two separate issues:

For free wheeling blades, it is time to replace the following items:
Brake Arm Pad Assembly # 131845X900 (Item 53 in picture)
and depending on condition:
Torsion Brake Spring(s) # 140086 (#58 in picture)
Take a look at Idler Pulley # 131494 (#36 in pictur, checking for wear. Sand and other abrasives will eventually wear the pulley down.

For engagement of handle: Lubricate all moving parts associated with the handle. Use only a dry film moly lubricant. Do NOT use WD40 as it is a penetrating oil and offers very little lubricating properties. Do not use oil as it will only attract dirt and eventually clog everything up.

The idler pulley previously described is on an articulating arm that must move freely, otherwise it will be (1) hard to engage and (2) cause slack when disengaged. In addition, this will result in premature belt failure.

FYI, although a Craftsman badge, this is an AYP (American Yard Product) tractor with a Murray Deck. Keep this in mind when ordering parts so you don't pay for "name branding".

Please let me know if I may assist further.

Best regards.





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Posted on May 07, 2010

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    I need to now where the ends hook to. spring 58. The other spring on deck not aparts. I now where it hooks on lever. I need the other end. Thank you

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