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,