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Front wheels quit pulling

I have a Toro Walk behind self propelled-Front wheels, they quit pulling. I have replaced the belt but that didn't do any good. Any Suggestions??

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Ya most likely the lever that you normally squeeze to make it "go" has a cable. Cables stretch just like belts. If you replaced the belt already then that automatically removes any stretching that the first belt would have suffered from no doubt. Look at the drive lever's cable up at the lever end. There is usually a cable adjuster there. It will be a threaded shaft portion with a nut or knurled ring to spin. tighten up that "go lever" cable a bit. Even better, if you have visual access to the belt as you squeeze the drive lever, then you can see if squeezing that lever moves one of the belt's pulleys enough to cause it to tighten it up enough to transfer spin motion thru the belt to the other pulley. You see that whole system is really a "slip belt clutch" when belt is loose, no forward motion, as you squeeze the "go/drive" lever the pulley moves away tightening up the belt more and more. The tighter the belt, the less the slippage, the faster you go! But the slippage is necessary! ( That's the clutch component) If you simply had the belt tight all the time, the mower would always go full speed! It would be in full time "run away mode" LOL! so watch out. Once you see it in action...you'll get the idea no problem!

Posted on May 10, 2010

  • Ed Gore May 10, 2010

    Oh, on those front wheel drive types too, I forgot to mention this important fact! All of the above explanation about cables and belts could be academic. This is due to the fact that some of those front wheel drive types have "gear teeth" inside of them. Sometimes only one of the wheels are geared, other times both right and left wheels have them. So take a good look and see if any of those inner gear teeth are scratched or warn down, also the male gear that meshes with the teeth inside the wheels. If you start the mower and tilt it back just so the front wheels are off the ground an inch or so (BE CAREFUL! GET COMPETENT HELP YOU TRUST!) when you engage the drive lever, you should be able to "see" if there is a worn gear spinning in vain inside of one or both of the front geared wheels. If that is the case...then its definitely gear teeth you need to change and not belts or cable adjustments. Lemme know whats up.

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