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I've got an old model 917.255736 11 hp 38" cut hard to shift

I've got an old model 917.255736 11 hp 38" cut. It is a great mower but it is very hard to shift from reverse to forward. Once in forward gears it shifts effortlessly from one gear to another. What are the 2 screws for on the front of the transaxle? one is down all the way and the other is sticking up. Could this be the problem? Thanks for any help.

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Some of these tractors have a friction wheel that is driven off of a flat wheel on the bottom of the engine drive shaft. The rubber ring on this friction wheel could be worn out, or it could be out of adjustment.

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SOURCE: Replace V belt on mastercraft 38 inch 12 hp lawn tractor

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The Breakdown of the Unit Usually Shows the Belt Routing.
>>To View a Breakdown of this Unit Go to this Site Addy, http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/index.action?sid=PSHx20080114x00001 and Enter the Model Numbers and Click Search. From this Page you can View Diagrams and Parts Lists for you Equipment Using the "View Sub Components" Section Near the Bottom Left.
Please, Do Not Hesitate, If 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.

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http://www.searspartsdirect.com

Go to the above address, type in your model number
917.257280 just like this with a dot not a dash it will locate the tractor for you, go to the list on the left side of the page and select >>38" mower<< at the bottom of the Sub-components list and it will show you a picture of how it looks installed as well as all associated parts

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this is a belt driven transmission. from the engine driven pulley going aft towards the xmission differential there is another smaller variable speed pulley, there is a long belt between these two, from the variable speed pulley there is a larger xmission pulley that sits kitty-corner to it with a belt between these two. This larger "xmission pulley" is what drives the differential and depending upon which gear you have selected, makes it go forward or reverse. Check that both belts between pulleys are on, check that pulley's hardware is completely secured (nuts tightened down) The heads of these pulley's are splined to align to the shaft(s) and if they aren't tight, they will just spin and not engage the transmission. If your battery is under the seat, remove it and you should be able to see and access the aft pulleys. If both belts are on and engaging the pulley's and the shaft is turning on the transmission pulley than you have transmission differential failure. Bet it's the belt off or pulley head loose. Good luck, hope this helps

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check to see if there is something caught around the blades that won't allow to turn

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