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    Self Propelled mower mechanism

    How does a walk behind self propelled mower work?

    Mine is a 6 hp Troy-Bilt front wheel drive..

    I've checked the cable, and it looks fine, but it doesn't engage the wheels when I pull on the lever at the handlebar.

    Thanks,
    Gary

    Never mind, I figured it out (sort of).
    It is a cable issue. I started it, jacked up the front end, and operated the lever by hand, and the wheels kicked in just fine. I'll soak the cable in lube, and re-try it.

    Thanks anyway, Gary

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    Re: Self Propelled mower mechanism

    Gary..
    If you can get oil or graphite inside the cable it will help.
    also you may try to adjust the length or the inner cable OR reposition the outer cable cover... either will effect the distance the inner will move... KennyV

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    Re: Self Propelled mower mechanism

    I soaked the cable in some used Transmissions fluid overnight, and that freed it up.
    However, there are some kinks in the cable that need to be straightened.

    After a couple hours of trying to straighten it, I've decided I need to invest in or find a better cable.

    Thanks,
    Gary

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    Re: Self Propelled mower mechanism

    Quote Originally Posted by Papaw50 View Post
    I soaked the cable in some used Transmissions fluid overnight, and that freed it up.
    However, there are some kinks in the cable that need to be straightened.

    After a couple hours of trying to straighten it, I've decided I need to invest in or find a better cable.

    Thanks,
    Gary
    The cable for the drive on my 5 year old Yard Man self propelled broke, I priced a cable on the MTD site, it was about $19 and shipping. If the cheap b------s who make the cables would lube them at the factory they would last forever...ticks me off.
    "I didn't plan to do anything today, but by noon I was almost half done...."

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