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Riding Lawnmower Will Not Shift Gears

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Riding lawnmower maintenance is important. This guide contains suggestions for when a riding lawnmower will not shift gears.


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By 0 found this helpful
August 20, 2015

I have a Poulan riding lawn mower. Why is it not going into gear?


August 26, 20150 found this helpful

I think the drive belt is broke or the transmission is bad.

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November 9, 20150 found this helpful

The other gears 1,2, 3, 4, 5 all work

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July 17, 20160 found this helpful

I have a John Deere riding lawnmower it was fine last week when I mowed now I can't get it to move once in gear

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February 13, 2008

My husband used our ride on lawn mower for two days in a row. Then it wouldn't shift out of neutral Does it seem as though the transmission is shot? We were given the mower, it isn't new.

Rae Ann from Templeton, CA


By bonnie (Guest Post)
February 13, 20080 found this helpful

Possible clutch or linkage, so it is not ready for the dump yet.

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

A buddy had a john deere rider that was doing the same thing. I found the drive belt from engine to tranny was broken was all and the belt on this thing was hidden, so it wasn't a obvious fix.


Hope this is useful.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 8, 2016

I have a Bolens 600 series lawn tractor. I can't get my tractor to switch out of drive. It was working, but now seems to be stuck in drive. This tractor is old so I have not found any info to help diagnose or fix this yet. Still fishing for info.


August 10, 20170 found this helpful

This could be a problem with your brake disc. They could be rusted and therefore your pads are stuck. You can try spraying WD 40 on the brake disc and rock the tractor back and forth. If this isn't helping, loosen the adjustment on the break disc. Tap on the caliper level with a hammer to free up the break disc. When doing this make sure your parking break isn't set.

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April 30, 20110 found this helpful

My riding lawnmower is stuck in first gear. What could be the problem?

By Amie from MO


June 6, 20110 found this helpful

If you lived in the San Antonio or Bandera Texas area, ProService could help you. If not, check your local Yellow Pages under Small Engine Repair. You should be able to locate someone who can repair your mower for you.


Or, check with a local car repair shop, if you can't locate a lawn mower service, and any of their technicians should be able to work on it for you. You have a transmission problem, which is not a 'do it yourself' project for a non-mechanical repair person.

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August 29, 20130 found this helpful

I was cutting all day with my ride on lawnmower. I stopped and when I started it again and tried to put into gear it will not go into reverse or forward.

By Patrick

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By 0 found this helpful
July 3, 2013

I own a 2010 Troybilt 17.5hp Pony riding mower. I can't shift out of first.

By waynedillon

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

We have been having trouble with the gears on this unit and have been told this is a common fault and not worth repairing; is this correct?

By Tony F

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