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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:30 PM
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Why won't my riding mower go in reverse.
So I threw in the sponge and bought a lawn tractor. I had a plow put on it. There is a reverse gear, but it will not go backwards. Last time I started it, it went into reverse a few times, then it would not do it again. WTF?
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:33 PM
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1. Why are you mowing on a Thursday in January?
Take the day off - wouldya? :hi:
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:35 PM
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2. Not mowing, plowing.
Some cold, white, flaky stuff is falling from the sky.
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malta blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:45 PM
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3. I figured, but I couldn't resist :)
My snowblower has a completely flat tire - and I have no pump. It's going to be really nasty once we get that first big snowfall.... :scared:
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:48 PM
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4. Edit. I see it says "gear". not hydrostatic.
Edited on Thu Jan-25-07 04:00 PM by two gun sid
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:50 PM
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6. Don't know. It's an automatic going forward. The mower is new.
I don't know if that is helpful.
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:51 PM
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7. Do you reverse it with a shifter or pedal?
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:56 PM
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8. Depress pedal, then shift into reverse by hand. Release pedal.
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:57 PM
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10. Look into the shift linkage being out of adjustment....
Edited on Thu Jan-25-07 03:59 PM by two gun sid
probably something simple like that. Especially if it has been getting harder to shift over time.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:59 PM
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11. I'll have a look. Thanx.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 07:15 PM
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14. Actually, it was a sudden failure.
I tried to do some plowing in one direction. Now it won't go in either direction. It still rolls freely in nuetral.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:57 PM
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9. "gear" being figurative. Don't know for a fact that there is a toothed wheel.
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idgiehkt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 03:50 PM
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5. cause it just cut that grass already?
slavedriver.
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 04:19 PM
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12. Cause you will unplow everything you just did.
:P
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-25-07 07:13 PM
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13. Huh?
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-26-07 12:44 AM
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15. Cause if you go backwards over what you did, you will undo...
Oh Nevermind.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-26-07 12:45 AM
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16. you must have one of those one-way lawns
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-26-07 01:25 AM
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17. okay real slow now---
Edited on Fri Jan-26-07 01:26 AM by wildhorses
forward-cuts grass
ergo
reverse-grows grass

so make up your mind!!!


what are you trying to do here :P






















i'm sorry but i am slightly tipsy
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-26-07 07:55 AM
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18. Never mind. I figured it out.
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Courtesy Flush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-26-07 08:11 AM
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19. I have a John Deere
And it will not go in reverse if the mower is engaged unless I press a button when I first start backing.

Does your owners manual mention anything like that?
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-26-07 10:50 AM
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20. If it's a John Deere, you have to hold in a 'button' to go in reverse while the thing is 'engaged'.
Don't know what you have to do with a plow, but if my mower blades are turning, I have to hold the button to back up. Safety thing to not cut someone's foot off.
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