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DONALD SMITH

WE261: Is there such a thing as a "repair manual" available? Problem with gear shifting. Neutral is not neutral ...

The IPB shows things, but they don't show to what they are connected. As a result I see interesting answers here that refer to parts by their function. I need to know how thinks are connected together. As it stands it appears that the shift arm (18) loosely captures some dowel-like thing. At reverse there is much play fore and aft. At neutral there is a good bit of play. Shifting to the higher gears captures it and pushes it forward.

I have a problem similar to a problem reported by others. One day, with the lever in neutral, the mower moves forward. without making any changes, it may move reverse or it may not move at all. It's been a long time since reverse worked properly and I've done the thing with adjusting the shift lever. It's like something is loose and may or may not engage depending on where it last rattled to. Am I on the right track? Seems like that dowel thing should completely follow the shift arm, so that the shift are engages it at all positions. Well, if it really is a (item 18) shift arm. Any help?

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Sam A
Thank you for the update and I am sorry that it is still not resolved.

Please check all the bearing supports to make sure you do not have a lot of slack.

The chains are a preset length and they will stretch over time and use. I feel confident that you will resolve this problem with a few replacement parts that you find worn.

Please let me know how it works out.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Lawn Mowers
March 22nd, 2012
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DONALD SMITH
Thanks, Sam. Your description was very enlightening. I completely disconnected the lever and worked the plate through its full range of motion while I watched the movement of the friction wheel. It seemed to move easily, but just to make sure I sprayed the hex shaft , the pivot points on the yoke and everything else that looked like it might benefit. I worked this all back and forth by hand. Then I put the lever back on set to reverse, moved the yoke plate until it was against the carrier bracket and held it in place while I tightened the bolts on the lever. I blocked the mower up and started it (in neutral). Much to my dismay, the wheel was turning forward. I worked the lever through its full range and back to reverse. Reverse barely turned the wheel in reverse. It seemed like it was the best I could do, so I put it together and started to mow the lawn. I backed it up, and took off forward through the gate. The first time I needed reverse I had to put my feet on the ground to move it :-) After a while the machine started clattering and the chain came off. OK, that's only 19 buck$, but once I get that fixed I'll be back to no reverse. Some days it just doesn't pay to get up :-(
Thanks Sam, for all of your help!
by DONALD SMITH
March 22nd, 2012
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Sam A
Thank you for your question on the neutral drive setting.

On the handle of the shifter there is a nut you can loosen to adjust for the neutral setting.

I am sorry but all the manuals I have seen for the WE261 do not show this drive system other that a parts breakdown.

As you know, this is a friction drive system and when the friction wheel is on the one side of center on the drive platter it will drive the mower backwards and when it is on the other side of the center point on the drive platter it will drive forward depending how far out to the edge of platter wheel it is being moved that dictates the ground speed.

If as you say you have already done the adjustments for the drive system then I am concerned that you have some worn parts in the drive system that is causing all that slack.

My suggestion is to closely examine the drive system and determine what needs to be replaced.

The yoke and moves the friction wheel along the hex shaft may be worn or the hex shaft itself may be dry of lubricant. You could also look at the pivot plate that puts the friction wheel against the drive plate.

I wish I had better advice for you, but it will require a close examination of the drive parts to see whets needs to be replaced to tighten up this drive system.

Sam A.
by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Lawn Mowers
March 21st, 2012
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Manage My Life
Lawn tractors are great for taking care of the yard. When there is a problem it can be frustrating at times. I did find some information for you. The first link is for the exploded parts list and the second link is for the owners manual. I hop that this will assist you until your expert can answer your question.
by Manage My Life
March 20th, 2012
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Sudy Nim
Where are the links?
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