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Bolens wont stop or shift.

Posted by gwhunter (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 4, 13 at 17:24

I have a Bolens by MTD 13ag683g163 20 hp . Engine went bad so I put in a used 21 hp briggs. I also put both new drive belts on since I had every thing off and up in air. Now it runs great but when I push the break it stop once and awhile but most the time it slows me to a craw and I try to put it in neutral it wont go it just jumps to reveres.

Do you think it would be because the belts are to tight or is there some thing wrong with the transmission? I did have a heck of a time getting the belts on. They were a off brand I got off ebay. I've mowed my yard 5 or 6 time hoping it was the belts and they would stretch but still doing it.

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RE: Bolens wont stop or shift.

that's a mtd type VSD machine... 2 things - usually best to replace ground drive belts as a pair and they be OEM; Also follow detail change-out instructions in owners manual to the letter, including re-adjusting park brake.
If you don't have manual, take machine number 13ag683g163, go to MTD manual archives (Google) and download free pdf copy.

Good luck.

RE: Bolens wont stop or shift.

Pull the deck and recheck the front belt as it is routed through the frame. My guess is it is around something it shouldn't be. IE steering shaft, the small peg that you are supposed to sneak the belt over which acts as guide near the center. And yes, every forum post in the world that notes that MTD belts are the way to go are correct. 954-04001a and 954-04002 They are cheap and they fit.

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