Replacing a Blade Clutch Cable on a Riding Lawn Mower. This video shows how to replace the blade clutch cable on a riding lawn mower. If the blade clutch cable is worn or broken, the blades won't spin when you shift the blade clutch lever. Examine the cable when the blades won't turn and replace a worn or broken blade clutch cable with a part that fits your model.
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The first step to replacing the blade clutch cable is to turn the ignition switch off and remove the key. Lift the mower hood and disconnect the spark plug wire. Pull off the clutch lever handle. Remove the air duct mounting screws and pull off the air duct. Carefully move the fuel tank out of the way. Remove the clutch lever assembly mounting screws. Pull the lever through the dash opening to release the clutch lever assembly from the dash and access the cable connection. Release the tension spring from the pin. Remove the washer and release the cable from the pin. Release the cable retainer locking tabs and remove the cable from the support bracket. Lower the mower deck to its lowest position. Roll the blade belt off the engine pulley and release the belt from the belt keepers. Remove the front lift link support retaining pin and washer, and then detach the support from the deck. Remove the left suspension arm retaining clip, and then detach the arm from the mower frame. Remove the left rear deck bracket retaining clip and washer, and then release the bracket from the deck. Repeat the process on the other side of the deck to disconnect the right suspension arm and right rear deck bracket. Pull the deck out far enough to access the blade cable attached to the deck. Release the locking tabs and pull the blade clutch cable retainer out of the deck bracket. Disconnect the blade clutch cable spring from the idler arm. Release the blade clutch cable from the keeper on the frame and remove the cable. Connect the blade clutch cable to the keeper on the frame. Connect the new blade clutch cable spring to the idler arm. Push the blade clutch cable retainer into the deck bracket and engage the locking tabs. Position the deck under the mower frame. Reconnect the front lift link support to the deck using the washer and retaining clip. Reconnect the left suspension arm and deck bracket using the washers and retaining clips. Repeat the process to reconnect the right suspension arm and deck bracket. Route the blade belt through the belt keepers and roll the blade belt onto the engine pulley. Position the new cable end on the lever bracket pin then reinstall the washer. Reattach the tension spring to the pin. Snap the cable retainer into the bracket, engaging the locking tabs. Push the lever through the dash opening and position the clutch lever assembly in the dash. Reinstall the mounting screws. Reinstall the handle on the lever. Position the tank on its brackets and then position the air duct above the engine, lining up the mounting holes. Reinstall the mounting screws. Reconnect the spark plug wire and lower the mower hood.
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