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Craftsman riding lawn mower 917.271141 will not move or free wheel

I just bought a house that came with a free craftsman 917.271141 16hp 42" automatic riding lawn mower. It starts fine, but when I put it in gear you only here a small grinding noise. I read the manual and it said something about purging the transmission. I performed the purging procedure and it moves in reverse a little and when i change it into fwd it just tries to move but it does not actually move. I checked the free wheel operation and it will not work. It acts like its in gear. Is there something I should try adjusting before I buy a drive belt?

Craftsman , Lawn Mowers
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I'm glad you got it going. With the hydraulic transmission if it sits for extended periods of time all of the oil will run down into the pan. It has to be purged like that to get the oil all the way back through the system. If you use the tractor every couple of weeks or even once a month, this issue should not come back.
by Manage My Life
February 24th, 2011
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