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#1 Joedogs73 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 23, 2017 - 07:59 PM

Ok, finally got the Bolen's EK10 started after its been sitting for years. Went to take it for a test ride and got to the end of the driveway and I went to put in reverse, but when I push the pedal it wont disengage the transmission so I can put it into gear. I know about how to adjust the tightness on the cable for the pedal. Problem is its at the maximum setting. Also I push the ppedalall the way and the new brake pad I put on doesn't even come close to the pulley. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
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Posted July 23, 2017 - 09:16 PM

I recall having the same problem and found out through trial and error that the cable was routed incorrectly when I put it back together. I believe it had to do with the rollers in the center where it articulates. Hope this helps but it has been a long time so my memory is a bit lacking!
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Posted July 24, 2017 - 06:34 PM

It seems like no matter how I route the cable the brake pad still is too far from contacting the transmission wheel. Im thinking of gluing two more brake pads together.

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Posted July 24, 2017 - 06:39 PM

has the old cable frayed and stretched?

I have 3 and have not experienced this issue


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Posted July 24, 2017 - 07:34 PM

No, the cable looks really good, its not routed correctly, because its not in the middle of the two pulleys. Im not sure if there's something wrong with the mechanical mechnisim. When I press the pedal the brake is still at least 3 inches from touching anything.

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Posted July 24, 2017 - 07:51 PM

As good as the Doc is , he and we are going need some pictures to get it diagnosed I'm thinking. Seems to me I didn't like how mine acted either when I gave it a once over,but I got it corrected, best I can do is the weekend for pics of the setup so you can compare.
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Posted July 25, 2017 - 11:52 AM

Here is some pictures. Cant really see the brake assembly without pulling the motor.

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Posted July 25, 2017 - 11:27 PM

I do recall once I sheared the roll pin that holds the brake pedal to the rod and it seemed solid but upon inspection was causing the same issue you have. Five minutes and a new roll pin and everything was back in order.
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Posted July 25, 2017 - 11:36 PM

I just went out and checked my functional mower that I use and the cable is run through the center pulleys unlike your picture. I recommend correcting this and checking the pedal roll pin. Also your choke and throttle cables should run above the pulley bracket tucked in close to the under side of the pan I believe.
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Posted July 26, 2017 - 06:05 AM

I agree your cable is not routed correctly


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Posted July 31, 2017 - 07:57 PM

I'm completely stumped. The brake won't even come close to touching the transmission pulley. I've attached a few pictures. The pictures with the brake pad further apart from the pulley is the way it sits without me doing anything. The picture with it closer is me prying it up. My problem is the pad will never touch the pulley because the belt tension pulley will hit the pulley on the shaft of the motor. So I'm thinking something is wrong or out of adjustment. I have no idea and I can't tell anything from the manual. Any thoughts on this issue?

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Posted August 23, 2017 - 06:50 PM

There is a link between the pin on the pulley assembly and the pivot arm that is connected to the cable the pins that the link goes on get worn out and the holes in the link become oblong this causes the brake assembly from moving as far as it should. Your cable is also not routed properly it goes between the two pulleys at the center yolk. I'll try to post some pictures of th link
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