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craftsman 19.5 hp lawn tractor, model #917.28907. How do I engage the freewheel control?

Under troubleshooting it says what to do if the tractor won't move when the engine is running, brake is off, and it is in gear, (Loss of drive). It says that the problem is that the freewheel control is disengaged, and I simply need to place it in the engaged position, but then it doesn't show me how to do that.

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I know that it is very important to have your lawn tractor running properly. You should locate the lever on the transaxle the free wheel lever moves to disengage the transaxle. Move the free wheel rod in and out of free wheel while watching the lever on the transaxle.

You might find something disconnected or bent causing the free wheel rod to not move the lever into the engaged position.

You can disconnect the free wheel rod and move the lever on the transaxle by hand. If the lever is all the way forward and the transaxle is not driving, there is a problem inside the transaxle.

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by Manage My Life
May 1st, 2012
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david demaree
That's probably the problem Shawn. The axle and rim have grooves for a "key" that likely slipped out when you put the tire back on. Look for a metal sliver about the size of a match.
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May 1st, 2012
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While I was waiting, I read the comments from the others above, and one of them had recently taken a wheel off for repair, and was missing a part when he put it back together. I also recently repaired a tire. Does my model have a similar key that I may be missing?
by Manage My Life
April 30th, 2012
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david demaree
Hi Shawn, your tractor has a 6 speed gearshift so there is no freewheel control, a feature found on hydraulic transmission models. Check under the engine for two drive belts, the upper belt drives the transmission and may be broken or off a pulley. There is a schematic for that belts serpentine under the left footrest. If you need slack in that belt, just set the parking brake.
by david demaree Earned 834 community points in Craftsman
April 30th, 2012
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Lawn tractors are great for getting t he yard work done and saving time. It can be concerning and problematic when there is a problem. I found some information on the freewheel control that I am hoping will help you. I am adding the link below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. I do hope this will help you.
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April 30th, 2012
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