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Craftsman 42 '' 19.5hp lawn tractor gear shift will not engage. Engine and blades work fine but cannot put tractor in gear.

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The belt is bad if not there is trouble in the drive shaft.Thank you for asking and I hope this helps you.Please leave me a 4 thumbs up.

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Sounds like your drive belt may have came off or it needs to be replaced. Take the battery out from under the seat to see if belt is still around transaxle. Sometimes it will jump off when doing a lot of starting stopping

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