Question about Craftsman 42 in. Deck 19.5hp Lawn Tractor

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17.5 hp 42" deck Sears tractor. Parked it in the shed after last mowing, everything was fine. Went to mow yesterday and tractor will not drive plus I have no brake....what happened? Belts are fine, gear shift is working up and down and I can't find any thing obvious. Where do I look from here?

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If the engine is running normally and your drive belt is fine then the input to the transmission is OK you just have no power output from the transmission. Usually those transmissions give you some signs of failure such as won't go up inclines or the top speed is a bit low. What I would do is first check the linkage from the forward/reverse lever to make sure it is moving a corresponding shaft on the transmission itself. If that is good then I would check the fluid level on the transmission itself. This could well require removing it from the tractor. Often the brake pedal is connected to a small disc on the transmission. While you are checking the shifter input to the transmission, you may want to follow the brake pedal rod back and see if anything is broken or disconnected.

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