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Problem With Blade Engagement Cable On A Craftsman

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#1 electro813 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 09, 2014 - 05:41 PM

original problem i couldnt get the blade to turn off, without knowing that it was the spring idler. i bought a new blade engagement cable, while installing it i find this broken spring under there (spring idler) so i installed a new one.  to engage the handle lever to start the blade seemed to be really tough , i mowed the lawn a couple times and now i go to engage and the black plastic thing on end of engagement cable pops off the small knob on the lever. so i thought maybe the spring idler was too much so i removed that but i still couldnt keep the plastic thing on the knob it warped it.

 

i thought maybe it had something to do with a brake or arm clogged with grass or rusty or the belt, so i installed a new belt and lubricated all moving parts on the deck, still nothing, cant hardly straighten  the engagement cable with pliers with all my strength from up by the ignition area of mower.

 

for giggles i installed the lever housing upside down  and now the blade starts spinning but not real thoroughly, so i took vice grips attached it to the engagement wire with housing upside down and mowed the lawn that way  any ideas why when housing is installed properly i cant thorougly tighten the blade engagement cable

 

any help would be greatly appreciated,



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Posted July 09, 2014 - 05:47 PM

Sounds like something has to be bent or seized. Are you certain the cable is moving freely?

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Posted July 09, 2014 - 08:33 PM

it seems to move freely when i have that housing upside down, tomorrow ill righten it and see if anythngs in the way, is it okay if the black wire that houses the actual metal wire curves a little? thanks for replying



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Posted July 09, 2014 - 09:51 PM

I was thinking about this. Is it possible the cable was a different length?
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Posted July 10, 2014 - 09:53 AM

On some decks there is an adjustment to adjust the tension on the engagement spring, usually a turn buckle affair.  If yours does have one it may be to tight.  Also do you have the cable routed correctly?  If you don't have a manual for your tractor you can go out to seardirect.com and put your model # in and on the second or third tab you can dl an owners manual for your tractor.  It should give you instructions any adjustments there are.


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 10:57 AM

thanks for replying ill look into that



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Posted July 12, 2014 - 05:01 PM

that was it the break arms musta been stuck'ish i super lubricated them , like 1/4 can of wd40 lol  and now it works, gonna leave spring idler off , leave well enough alone, thanks guys


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Posted July 18, 2014 - 09:55 PM

Do yourself a favor and now that you have it loosened up, put something that has oil in it on those pieces.  WD40 will not last long and you'l;l be back to where you were.






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