Blade engagement cable broke - again

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Old 09-29-18, 06:14 PM
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Blade engagement cable broke - again

It's an MTD/Bolens lawn tractor I purchased new in 2006. The blade engagement lever is to the right of the seat. The cable first broke in May of 2015, again in September 2016, and again last week. The cable brand I installed today is 'Genuine Parts'. I believe that's what I got the other 2 times. I wonder what could cause the frequent breaking? It's always at the part that hooks into the lever. Could it be just the OEM was of better quality? That seemed to be what the guys at the parts shop thought.
 
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Old 09-30-18, 01:57 AM
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I'd try another brand. I had that issue on one earlier this year and after 3 cables I went and bought a cheap aftermarket cable and the problems stopped.
 
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The 2 shops near me I believe had the same brand, they were the same price. Maybe next time I'll look online for another brand. I don't see anything else wrong, it doesn't feel like there's too much tension, the lever moves as it always did.
 
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Old 09-30-18, 01:26 PM
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Just make sure the tensioner arm is moving freely and the belt is the correct belt (not too tight).
 
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