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Craftsman LT2000 transmission won't engage

My Father-in-law died last week and I'm here trying to help my Mother-in-law. I've never used the Craftsman LT2000 before, but reading through the instructions (on the mower) and filling up the gas, everything worked. Emptied the collection system, went back to where I had left off, put in the clutch engaged the blades, then pushed on the forward pedal and get a grinding sound. Won't engage!

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    Roland W VanLue May 11, 2010

    Is the parking brake applied? If it is a hydro, do not use the brake pedal at the same time you try to move the forward motion lever or pedal

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Sounds like you either lost a bearing inside the transmission or that something in the linkage system has come loose and shifted. easiest way is to jack the unit up and visually follow the shifting hardware, while having someone trying to engage it with unit shut off and see is you can visually find where the shaft is slipping or failing to move. Hope This Helps Don

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  • Rick Harris
    Rick Harris Mar 27, 2019

    Mine doing same thing. It worked last season, but i did take right rear wheel off to get new tire last week, otherwise i have no idea how a transmission could go bad just parked in a garage.

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