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Riding mower will not go forward or reverse


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11-02-08, 07:53 AM   #1  
Riding mower will not go forward or reverse

Murray 40507x8c - Motor runs fine but all of a sudden when I put it in gear, it will not go. I get an initial sluggish move for a couple inches when I engage the clutch but that's all. I took off the cutting deck and get the same. Any ideas?

 
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11-02-08, 08:13 AM   #2  
Is the drive belt in good condition and on all idler pulleys properly ? Could also be a missing axle key, You haven't just had a rear wheel off by chance have you ?

 
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11-02-08, 09:48 AM   #3  
The belt appears to be in good condition and aligned on the pulleys properly. I have not taken the rear wheels off.

 
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11-02-08, 10:19 AM   #4  
What transmission does it have, you may have the same problem as I, if it is a Peerless H2000-006a. Have a good one. Geo

 
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11-02-08, 05:15 PM   #5  
I can't find anything that tells me the type tranmission and the owner's manual just lists it as a transaxle.

 
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11-02-08, 07:23 PM   #6  
Raise the rear wheels off the ground then put it in gear, Grab both tires and try to spin them the same direction. They shouldn't spin doing this, Then spin one tire and the other should spin the other direction, Post the out-come.

 
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11-06-08, 03:55 AM   #7  
I did it and got the result you suggested (no spin when rotating both tires and opposite spin when rotating one).

 
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11-08-08, 02:38 PM   #8  
Is it possible for the belt to strtch enough to prevent a riding mower from moving? Or is that not likely?

 
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11-09-08, 03:36 AM   #9  
Posted By: mcmdm50 Is it possible for the belt to strtch enough to prevent a riding mower from moving? Or is that not likely?
yes, but it would've squealed alot

 
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11-09-08, 07:16 PM   #10  
There were no squealing belts.
Are there any DIY fixes that can be recommended or do you think this is a job for a mechanic?

 
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11-09-08, 11:43 PM   #11  
Utility belts used on riding mowers generally don't squeal. I would suspect the belt is slipping. How tight is the belt?


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11-10-08, 04:21 AM   #12  
I really don't know how to measure the tension but it probably won't hurt to see if that solves the problem. I will try and post back.

 
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