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I have a Toro lawnmower model # 20676. The mower has 3 drive gears. The problem I am experiencing is when I engaged the drive gear in to second gear. It engages and runs fine for a few minutes then stops and slips and does this intermittently and continues to do this endlessly. However It does not do this when engaged in first gear.....operates fine. What is causing this and what part do i need to replace to correct this problem? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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SOURCE: Toro 22in Lawn mower. Loud gear noise when try to engage drive.

sounds like the transmission engagment lever is broken or cracked. if you can reach the lever see if it has play when the cable is tight. you will need two people one to hold the lever and one to check the lever. easiest way is to invert the mower and have someone hold the lever on the handle. do not try this wioth mower running. the lever should be tight with the transmission lever engaged.another note here the clutch lever will not feel solid but kinda spongy. usually caused by overtightening the cable.

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SOURCE: Toro 22in Lawn mower. Loud gear noise when try to engage drive.

Problem is in the rear pinion gears on rear axle and the design of the axle itself. I have a 2005 model 20041 had the same problem. I found a Toro dealer that had the fix.The problem is creadted by the fact that there is too much "play" in the rear axle. You have to limit that play by installing shims, or washers First, but the 2 new rear pinion gears for the rear axle. While you're at it, you may as well buy 2 new rear wheels because the "grinding" has worn the sprockets on the reas r wheels.Next, get 2 "fender washers", 1/2" ID and about 1" OD. I found it easier to turn the mower over and set it on saw horses to work on it.( drain the gas and oil first). Remove both rear wheels, pinion gears and all the washers etc. (caution - keep all parts from one side together - do not pile all parts together - keep them seperated by wheel - the reason is I believe there is one more washer/shim on the right side than on the left). Now to put everything back together, find a spot on the axle where the washer will fit in between the standard stuff.Install new pinion gears and replace the rest of the washers/shims just as they came off. INstall new wheels and you'll be good as new!

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Remove the front wheels and see if the cogs that are molded into the wheels are stripped. If they are stripped out that could be where the noise is comming from.

Good Luck let me know if this helps.

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