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I have a Husqvarna YTA 18542 lawn tractor which is hard to shift from forward to reverse with foot pedals. What are possible causes?

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SOURCE: Both forward and reverse speed are decreasing

Hi, check the main drive belt, the belt is stretched out. you need too replace the main drive belt.

If this doesn’t work for you, please write back. Thanks,

Posted on Nov 23, 2008


SOURCE: John Deere L120 transmission high pitch noise and no forward move

Try jacking the unit up. Start it up and try moving pushing the forward and reverse back and forth and see if it does it then. It sounds like an oil way in the hydrostatic unit has a check valve stuck. Of course make sure that the fluid lever is up. Hope this will help you. donnyb60

Posted on Mar 23, 2009



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SOURCE: Troy bilt lawn tractor that will not go in forward-just grinds

sounds like the trnns has some thing lose in it you will need to get to the shop

Posted on Oct 15, 2009


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SOURCE: Loss of drive in a Craftsman Lawn tractor

I also have a Craftsman tractor with the same problem. Sears repairman said it needed a new transmission and it would cost $1,400 to install. A new one is about $1,000. Anyway, if you remove the battery and the battery tray under the seat it will expose the transmission fill hole (hex). I opened the top and it looked empty. I had a bottle of 90 weight gear oil in my shop and filled the transmission to the top. I have not had any problems with it since. $4.00 bottle of oil verses a new tractor is worth a try.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009


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SOURCE: Was mowing when it just stopped going forward. It

Under the mower below the seat of the rider, at the rear of the tractor, look up and you will find the transmission there. There is a belt that runs on the pulley under there, and this belt can slip off when it gets worn or stretched. Sort of a tough spot to get to but, that is most probably cause.

Let me know,

Posted on Apr 11, 2010

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