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John Deere Lawn Mower Won't Turn Left or Right?

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Having a riding mower that will only move straight forward is not very workable. You can either take it in to a repair shop or search the internet for the available videos on repairing the steering. This is a page about John Deere lawn mower won't turn left or right.
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August 13, 2017

Our riding mower won't turn left or right. It will go straight and backwards. It's an 11 yr. old John Deere. Also the belt won't turn the blade; it is loose when put into gear. It ran great until all this happened; the not turning and belt being loose.

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August 14, 20171 found this helpful
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There are a lot of good videos on repairing your John Deere. Some repairs are generic and may work on almost any model but some may be unique to your model.

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Here are a couple of links that deal with your steering problem but you can also Google John Deere riding mower with your model number and find lots of helpful videos.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm2ipbPBzDs

www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5T-IDIZYuE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZMC452BiE0

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August 14, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure the drive belt is routed correctly. Also check the idler pulley, which adjusts the tension in the drive belt. There is an excellent article here:homeguides.sfgate.com/lawnmower-blades-wont-engage-95245...

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