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Mower starts, but won't move

Starts OK, but then won't go forward or reverse. Deck is disengaged and at Level 6, parking brake is off.

What seems to be the issue?

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I would first look at the drive belt for damage or to see if it has derailed.

Posted on May 16, 2010

  • K. Wackley Jul 04, 2013

    drive belt is fine

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