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I have a used Craftsman 25 HP, 48" deck, 917.272264. When I parked it in the fall it ran great, although reverse was always hard to push down. Now this spring it started right up and everything works except when I push on the forward or reverse pedals I get this awful undescribable noise and it goes no where. I did notice that the reverse pedal does not seem to return to it's up position very well if at all. All the belts look good and the idler has tension on the belts and moves. I moved the transport bar in and out and it makes no difference, the rear wheels are locked up. Also the cruise lever doesn't budge. Are these all related? Thx Tim

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On my hydrostatic there is an adjustment on the forward/back lever which can be made to run all reverse or all forward. Normal setting gives both of course. Look at that adjustment. Maybe something let go.

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Try jacking the unit up. Start it up and try moving pushing the forward and reverse back and forth and see if it does it then. It sounds like an oil way in the hydrostatic unit has a check valve stuck. Of course make sure that the fluid lever is up. Hope this will help you. donnyb60

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Hello brookspiercy:

From your Description it Sounds like a New Belt is Required and Possibly a New Clutch Idler Arm or Idler Pulley. The Grinding Sound like it May be the Bearings of the Clutch Idler Pulley.
>>For Better Assistance,
>>Send me the Model Numbers Off the Mower, Please. With these I can Locate the Proper Manual and Better Assist you. The Model Numbers are Usually Located Under the Seat on a Sticker or Tag on the Body.
Please, Do Not Hesitate, If I Missed Something or you Hit a Snag or this Does Not Correct the Problem, I am Here if You Require More Assistance.
Hope this Helps. Let me Know What Happens, Please. May the All Mighty Bless You and Yours. Be Safe and Be Happy. Thanks.

Good Luck


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the gears in the transmission are possibly worn out if i can further help e-mail wade at

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Engine OFF, raise drive wheels and check if transmission is locked

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