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JohnF2015, Small Engine Technician
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Experience:  Owner/Service Technician at S & J Small Engines
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I can't get the drive train disengaged. The minute you start

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I can't get the drive train disengaged. The minute you start the mower, it moves right away. Therefore I can't get the mower to idle.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 8 months ago.

Hi, my name is***** will be assisting you.

Give me a moment to check a couple things and I will have some suggestions for you.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Are you still there? KL
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 8 months ago.

On that machine there are only a few things that would cause this problem.

  1. Broken idler bracket return spring which is causing the belt to stay tight all of the time.
  2. Sticking or hanging engagement cable which is not allowing the idler bracket to be pulled back to loosen tension on belt.
  3. Lost of debri built up under the belt cover on top of the mower deck.

If you haven't already, I would remove the plastic cover that is on top of the rear of the mower deck so that you can see and check these items.

Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 8 months ago.

I am sending a picture of the system with this comment which might help you in determining the problem.

If you have trouble determining the issue I would start by unhooking the engagement cable from the idler bracket and see what happens.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
OK, but I am running out of light and it is getting colder. I will try all of this tomorrow. Thanx. KL
Expert:  JohnF2015 replied 8 months ago.

Let me know if you need additional help with this problem. I will be able to assist you then as well if you need me too.

Thank you it has been a pleasure to assist you.

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