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My mtd lawn tractor will cut grass and it goes into neutral

Customer Question

my mtd lawn tractor will cut grass and it goes into neutral all by by itself I have to step on clutch to get it back in gear
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: it just started doing it
JA: Do you have fuel in the tank? If so, is the shut-off valve open and the fuel clean?
Customer: yes
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: if I can does it have some kind of adjustment on the clutch so it won't jump out of gear
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: no all I know I just replaced all drive belts if it is going down a hill it will go into neutral all by itself
Submitted: 17 days ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

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

Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

If you are still in need of assistance, please let me know.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
does the clutch has an adjustment where it comes out of gear once I step on it I go around a few times and goes into neutral
Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

I would like to clarify something. Is your shift lever actually shifting into neutral position?

Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

If you shut your engine off. Will your mower roll after your transmission shifts into neutral?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
No it stays in place in forward position I step on clutch I move shift lever back to neutral and then forward and it goes
Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

How old is your mower?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Its a 2013
Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

Thanks for this information. Once your mower is pulling again, does it pull as strong as it should?

Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

These are troubleshooting questions ...

Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

You and I need to determine if our problem is caused by a problem within your transmission, or if our problem is caused by something that works with your transmission.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
it works fine except when it jumps to neutral the shift lever stays in place
Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

I would like for you to try something, when you have an opportunity.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
OK what is it I have to do
Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

Drive your mower until it goes into neutral. Immediately after your transmission goes into neutral, shut your engine off, then try pushing your mower. Let's see if your mower will roll freely.

Expert:  Donald replied 16 days ago.

This will give you and I a starting point, to help figure out what is causing our problem.