Small Engine Troubleshooting Problems? Ask a Mechanic Now.
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Model number? Typically there is only one lever on the deck that moved when the cable is moved, Do you see the lever move the pulley on the deck when you engage and disengage the cable. Do this with engine OFF. Usual problem is belt off a pulley, or routed wring. But the lever on the deck may be sticking.
have to have your model number to see what you have! All decks are not alike.