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Snapper 30" riding mower with 12.5 hp rear engine - 2008 model

Posted by magoo1969 AL (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 26, 13 at 10:14

Got a strange problem with my 30" snapper (23 series), 12.5HP rear engine riding mower (about 5 yrs old).

I finished mowing my yard after about an hour with no apparent problems, (and I parked the mower in front of my garage with the Brake engaged) and all of a sudden I smell burned rubber and see an enormous amount of smoke coming from under the rear area of the mower.

I checked the pulley belt and it looked OK, but appeared to be twisted over on the pulley that drives the blade. I flipped over the belt and the problem still persists. No visible wear on the pulley belt. and the belt didn't appear to get hot. No unusual noises.

Raised the mower on end and checked underneath. The drive tire that engages the drive disc looks OK.

Restarted the mower (with brake engaged) and more smoke (a lot of smoke) and odor of burning rubber coming from underneath the mower. Disengaged the brake and drove the mower around the yard with no problems. When I stop the mower and engage the brake, the smoke reappears.

Any ideas??? Any help will be much appreciated.

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RE: Snapper 30" riding mower with 12.5 hp rear engine - 2008 mode

Sounds like you got a stick stuck in the works. Might of jammed a stick up in the lower part where the engine bolts on. Or maybe the belt has come unglued, and wrapped itsel around the works, up where ya can't readily see. OR: the rubber tired wheel might of seperated, and isn't working right. How about the clamps that hold it together? Are they loose?
Did ya check under the belt cover, the belt that runs the cutting blade?

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