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My Cub Cadet self propelled lawn mower, with caster front wheels, doesn't self propel at first but maybe after about 15 minutes of mowing, the drive engages and will work for the rest of the session. The next time I use it, the problem is back.

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  • Richard Lynch May 27, 2011

    Hi Mark, thanks for your suggestions. I have some more information. The mower is a CC989. Today, looking more closely at the Drive Clutch cable adjuster, a thumbwheel labeled TIGHTEN in small raised letters on the black plastic, I saw what I hadn't noticed before....an arrow indicating the direction was COUNTERWISE to tighten. I had actually loosened the adjustment as far as it could go! And it has been that way for quite a while. When I tightened in the right direction the clutch handle actually moved away from the hand bar. Great, I'll just go a try it out with the new adjustment.....no soap! O.K., lets try the adjustment at many places....still no go. At this point I had started to mow my lawn so I just kept going. Not much fun pushing that mower, on a sloping lawn yet, in South Carolina heat. Sure enough, after about 10 minutes it started working flawlessly. The operator's manual suggests if drive doesn't work, clean out debris. There's no debris that I can see.
    Your thought that the belt softens seems to be the best bet but the NoGo to Go so suddenly is very strange It's almost like a stuck part comes loose.
    Thanks, ****

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Transmission problem - either the clutch plate is worn out (you will need to replace it and correctly readjust the lever) or the belt is slipping, either because it's loose (the tension spring is worn out and has softened (replace it) or the pivot points are rusted and no longer move freely - oil it) or it has aged and it will have to be replaced.
You will need to dismantle the transmission for that.

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The drive belt is too lose or warn. The heat from spinning for 15 minutes softens the rubber and causes it to engage.

I would try tightening it (first), it may only help for a short period (few mows).

Eventually, you will have to change the belt (belt costs about $25).

Another possible problem is the "clutch wheel cable" (about $20 for new). It may just need to be adjusted if it is not pulling the drive mechanism tightly to the plate on the drive axle (take it apart to see how it works - it will be obvious). There are no good images on the internet for me to show you. Don't buy a cable unless you are sure it is broken - yours is not broken if it starts working after 15 minutes.

Good luck and remember to check back and let me know how things work out.

-Mark

Posted on May 27, 2011

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    Mark T May 27, 2011

    Unfortunately, it could also be that your transmission unit is going bad. This is unlikely since it will engage after some time - usally not the case (they just quit completely). Most likely your belt is loose or needs to be replaced.



    Page 26 of the manual says to have the drive belt changed by a dealer.



    http://www.cubcadet.com/wcsstore/CubCade...



    This may not be your exact model but likely works the same. If you have the tools and mechanical know-how, no reason not to try it yourself.



    -mark

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