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Riding mower will not move forward or backward. Engine and mower both run fine.

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  • Tom W Aug 27, 2010

    What model? Most mowers have a belt that drives the transmission. Have you inspected this belt?

  • trixkrull63 Aug 27, 2010

    It's a 17 hp, 42" electric starty, 6 speed transaxle. 8 years old. Used it to mow grass one day, then started it up 30 min later and will not move forward or backward when gear shift lever is engaged.

  • trixkrull63 Aug 27, 2010

    Worked fine one day, then when started it later in day to put away, would not move forward or backward when gear shift lever was engaged.

  • trixkrull63 Aug 27, 2010

    model 917.271652 17 hp



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You still haven't listed the model number. The problem could depend on whether it's a hydrostatic drive or not. If it's a six speed it isn't hydrosatic. I would suspect the drive belt, or it is so worn the clutch is not engaging the belt. This is the belt that goes from the motor to the transaxle. Get the exact model number from your tractor (under the seat) and you can get parts and diagrams from

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While looking at the back of the tractor on the lower right you will see a handle that can be manipulated to dis-engage the transmission so it will be easier to push. If it is not there then sit in the seat and look below the steering wheel on the lower right. Different models put it in different places.

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  • greggdonnaz Oct 18, 2010

    Trixkrull 63, did you ever get this fixed? Running into very similar problem. Thanks.

  • loldup Nov 16, 2010

    Any solution, having same problem.



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