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Yardman self propelled walk behind Right wheel does not engage with drive, left only is functioning .

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    Yes Needed confirmation before taking it apart.

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There's a shaft going from one wheel to the other a gear on the end of the shaft heald from turning with a key ( can be broken) then the gear is running on a gear made on the inside of the wheel, ( gear can be striped or wheel can be striped or the wheel can be coming off and the gear does'nt tou=ch the wheel. remove the wheel that doesn't pull and you can see the problem. Go on the internet to MTD and with your model number and serial number you can see the parts diagram for your mower and pick out the parts that you need.

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