Tiller Won't Shift Gears

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Old 03-14-13, 08:51 PM
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Tiller Won't Shift Gears

My son picked up a Craftsman tiller model 917.293480 at an estate sale for almost nothing. It does have a few minor issues that can be easily fixed, including a bad carb, but is otherwise in good condition.

My question: does the engine have to be running to shift out of Neutral and into Forward or Reverse? Just trying to determine if I need to go through the gear box or not.

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Old 03-14-13, 09:01 PM
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No, it should shift without the engine running. That is a trouble area for those tillers. The two case halves form a funnel for water to seep into the case. Pretty much everything has to come off before the case can be opened. If you try to force it, it may break loose or it may break the shifter inside.
 
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Old 03-15-13, 08:08 PM
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Thanks Cheese! I'll get the manual out and go through the gear box then.

Much appreciated!

 
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