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John Deare Sabre ride mower, Suddenly stopped engaging

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Hi John Deare Sabre ride mower, Suddenly...
Hi
John Deare Sabre ride mower,
Suddenly stopped engaging gears( i.e. will not move), Any obvious clues?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Small Engine
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
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Was your mower working okay before you removed your rear tire?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

Hi Donald,

Yes Mower starting fine and has never had an issue moving... just today..

Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
Pleas click on the link, to open the image I attached for you. You will see a picture that includes the square key that has to slide into the keyway in your wheel and the keyway in your axle, in order for your wheels to drive.
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Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
Remove your rear wheel again, to see if your key is in place. Without this key in place, your axle will spin inside your wheel, rather than turn your wheel.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

I will have to do this tomorrow. However, as mentioned, mower stopped working before I removed the rim. Also, would this have any effect on the actual mower engaging? The mower would not engage either?

thanks in advance

Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
This will only affect the forward and reverse movement of your mower.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

ok I'll check back in tomorrow after removing wheel and checking steps you mentioned. Regard the mower not engaging, anything I should focus on whilst checking?

Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
A loose or worn belt can prevent your mower from engaging. Also check to see if your deck belt is off of one of your pulleys. Do you have manual or electric pto to engage your blades?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

Manual handle that shifts forwards to engage mower blades.

Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
Check the cable that attaches to your handle. Make sure that the idler arm that your idler pulley bolts to, is pivoting freely. If your idler arm is partially seizing, movement will be restricted, preventing your belt from tightening.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago

ok will do, am i able to pick up this convo tomorrow as unable to complete until then?

Technician: Donald, Small Engine Technician replied 2 years ago
Sure. We can continue tomorrow. I will be here around 4:00 pm central time.
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