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My 185 runs ok but will not go into gear

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My 185 runs ok but will not go into gear
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Agriculture and Farm Equipment
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Hello. Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is***** will be happy to assist you.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Is this a riding or zero turn mower? What are the make and model numbers?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Joh deer hydro 185 riding
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Are you still there?
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Yes. Thanks for your reply.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Did our problem occur suddenly, or gradually, over a period of time?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I do not want to phone
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Can you help me?
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

No problem. The phone will not be needed.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Did our problem occur suddenly, or gradually, over a period of time?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
The problem was sudden running OK stopped to lower mower would not go into gear
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Thanks for your reply.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Check your drive belt. If it is loose, worn, or slipping, this can cause our problem.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

I am referring to the belt that drives your transaxle,

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Shifter moves into position but does not engauge
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Your belt may have slipped off of one of your pulleys.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Is the linkage a drive belt
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Your linkage is a different part from your drive belt.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Are you near your mower?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

I will attach a link to an image that shows your drive belt.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Ok
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

The belt in the image is blue ...

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
The belt I see is attached to mower
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

You will have to look closely to see your belt. It is above your deck, and under your frame.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
That belt is there & is ok
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Thank you for checking. how many total belts do you see on your mower?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
The shifter moves into fwd or rev but does not click into anything
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I think 2 motor & mower
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Both seen tight
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Seem
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Can I get you to check something for me?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
You still there
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Yes, I am here. Can I get you to check something for me?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
ok
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Thanks!

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Check to see if your mower will roll if you push it. Check with your hydro in and out of bypass position. This is for troubleshooting only.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
What is bypass
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Is that they shifter?
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Bypass is when you need to roll your mower without your engine running.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
What lever is bypass?
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

I am not exactly sure of the location of your bypass lever, on your particular mower.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Are you 100% certain that your drive belt is tight?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It wI'll not roll with knob under seat depressed or not
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I will check again
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Thank you for checking.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It is not tight
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It is loose
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Couple inches slack
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

A loose belt will prevent your mower from driving.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Does not seem broken. How do I tighten
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Or can I?
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

It is likely off of one of your pulleys, or your idler pulley is not tightening it, after you release your clutch/brake pedal.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Lower your mower deck, and inspect the full length of your belt.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I did try the brake lock then released it
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Did releasing your brake cause your belt to tighten?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I will check
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Ok ...

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Your drive must remain tight at all times, during the operation of your mower, unless you depress your brake/clutch pedal.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

We need to determine why your belt has two (2) inches of slack in it.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thereally is a pully in the middle that the belt goes by on both side
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It is loose on both sides. Does that pully move to on side or the other
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

You should have two idler pulleys. One is v-shaped, and the other is a flat pulley. Those pulleys should move in order to tighten your belt.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Hoe do you get to this area
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Bother pulleys between engine & trans?
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Sometimes it is easier if you remove your deck, and lift the front of your mower off of the ground. Do you have someone who can depress your clutch/brake pedal, while you look to see if these pulleys move?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
No
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Ok ...

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

At least you and I know that your drive belt is at fault.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I think I need to get back to you when my son is here
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Take another look at the picture I attached for you. Make sure your belt is around both pulleys, as it is in the picture.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

No problem. This will be fine.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

I will be here.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
The picture showas around 1 pulley & against another
Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

True. Your belt needs to be routed the same.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Take a look at the link above. There is another pulley up toward the front of your engine, near your engine pulley.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Confirm whether your belt is on all of your pulleys. You have a total of five (5) pulleys.

Expert:  Donald replied 3 months ago.

Engine Pulley

Three (3) idler pulleys

And your transaxle/transmission pulley

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