Craftsman GT 26 Tractor no reverse gear

Old 12-16-13, 06:42 PM
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Craftsman GT 26 Tractor no reverse gear

I have a Craftsman GT 26 tractor, model #917.276910 with a 6 speed manual transaxle. It's about 6 years old - 450 hours on the clock. The transaxle will not shift into reverse. I thought it was an adjustment issue, but I adjusted the shift lever as far as it could go and it still won't reverse. So I put it on jack stands, took off the mower deck, and moved the transaxle into reverse by hand. Had my son get on and start it and the wheels wouldn't move. It made a clicking noise though, as if the gears were trying to grab each other. I'd like not to have to change the transaxle, it's $842 + shipping and tax from Sears. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 12-16-13, 06:50 PM
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I'd pull it out and open it to see what happened. I'd guess the shift fingers aren't grabbing the gear or the reverse idler gear is stripped.

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