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Craftsman DT 3000. I backed it in under my carport shed last Fall. I noticed it would sometimes grind a little when I pushed the forward or reverse pedal. I fired it up a week ago and no forward or reverse. Just a grinding noise. I put the disconnect into neutral so I could push it and the rear wheels seem to be locked up. I jacked it up in the rear and the wheels spin with the rod in the "push" position. They spin free with no noise coming from the rear end. With the disconnect in the "drive" position the tires spin. One thing I noticed today was with the tractor jacked up the parking brake lever below the dash does not move. It is in the down or off position. It did work last week. To me it seems like the belt driven shaft going to the rear end is not turning. I though maybe the belt needs to be adjusted tighter. My brother tells me there is a "brake" of some sort back there. I have a hard time kneeling and crawling so as of yet have not crawled under to see if I can see up to that area. It looks like maybe a wheel or the gas tank may have to come out to access it. To make matters more difficult, we have the Spanish maintenance manual, the English appears to have gotten tossed. chuck young

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  • cayjr1 May 30, 2010

    Thanks for the solution, I pretty much came up with the same idea but without a parts or maintenance book did not know how the linkage ran or about the spring.



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The parking brake sounds like it has stuck on. Follow the linkage which goes to the right rear of the mower. Reach up where there's a spring attached to the linkage and you can pull on it and wiggle it a bit to release it. It happens when the unit hasn't been used for a while. When you next get the unit serviced get the shop to grease the linkage.

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