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Poulan 38in mower wont shift in to any gear


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03-25-14, 04:27 PM   #1  
Poulan 38in mower wont shift in to any gear

Checking out my 38 in Poulan riding mower and found out even thou the shifter is moving it doesn't engage the transaxle. Starts fine and belts are turning but when I put shifter into any gear the mower just sits there. Looked under it (at the top of transaxle) and everything is moving when the shifter moves. Last year, at times, it was move hard from gear to gear at (sometimes) but now shifter moves easy but the mower doesnt. Figure it has to be something in transaxle but not sure where to go or if it too hard/expensive to get into it? any advice is appreciated.

 
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03-25-14, 06:21 PM   #2  
Sounds like the shift fork may have broken. If the belt is turning and you haven't lost one of the keys at the rear wheels, then you'll need to pull out the rear end and put another in, or open it up and fix it. They are common rear ends, you might find a good used one at your small engine shop.


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03-25-14, 06:38 PM   #3  
Cheese, yes the belt it turning (my first thought was that the belt came off or broke but wasn't that lucky). Don't know anything about the insides of transaxles. Do you know how hard are they to open up (and of course put back together hopefully). Is there some place to get an IBP/drawing. Thanks again any info is appreciated.

 
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03-25-14, 06:43 PM   #4  
Also Cheese, you said something about KEYS. What is that an how do I go about checking it out?

 
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03-25-14, 11:09 PM   #5  
If you haven't had one of the rear wheels off, you don't have to worry about them. If you did take one off, the axle key may have fallen out. It goes in a slot in the axle and the wheel.


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03-26-14, 04:48 PM   #6  
Nope haven't had a tire off. Call my local lawn mower repair place and they said should be around an hour labor plus parts. Really don't have the time right now so think I am going to take it in to them. hope its not TOOOOO BAD, It not worth much as its about 13 years old an really just need it to mow some small hills that my ZTR doesn't work on. Again thanks for the assistance. I am sure I will be back here again. Have a good one...;-)

 
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03-26-14, 07:06 PM   #7  
An hour to replace the unit maybe, not to fix it. That could be $400 or more, so be sure what you're getting into.


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