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Operator’s Manual Transmatic Lawn Tractors Model Series 660 thru 679 IMPORTANT : Read safety rules and instructions carefully before operating equipment . This unit is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not be used on or near any unimproved forest - Warning : covered , brush - covered or grass - covered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark arrester meeting applicable local or state laws ( if any ) . If a spark arrester is used , it should be maintained in effective working order by the operator . In the State of California the above is required by law ( Section 4442 of the California Public Resources Code ) . Other states may have similar laws . Federal laws apply on federal lands . A spark arrester for the muffler is available through your nearest engine authorized service dealer or contact the service department , P . O . Box 368022 Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 9722 . MTD PRODUCTS INC . P . O . BOX 368022 CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 - 9722 770 - 10115A.fm PRINTED IN U . S . A . FORM NO . ( 10 / 99 )
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Content Page Slope Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Important Safe Operation Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 thru 6 Unpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Assembling Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Know Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Operating Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Making Adjustments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Maintaining Your Lawn Tractor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Off - Season Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 FINDING MODEL NUMBER This Operator’s Manual is an important part of your new Lawn Tractor . It will help you assemble , prepare and maintain the unit for best performance . Please read and understand what it says . Before you start assembling your new equipment , please locate the model plate on the equipment and copy the information from it in the space provided below . The information on the model plate is very important if you need help from our Customer Support Department or an authorized dealer . • You can locate the model number by pivoting the seat forward and looking under the seat at the seat pivot bracket . A sample model plate is explained below . For future reference , please copy the model number and the serial number of the equipment in the space below . ( Model Number ) ( Serial Number ) Copy the model number here : Copy the serial number here : MTD PRODUCTS INC CLEVELAND , OHIO 44136 CALLING CUSTOMER SUPPORT If you have difficulty assembling this product or have any questions regarding the controls , operation or maintenance of this unit , please call the Customer Support Department . Call 1 - ( 330 ) 220 - 4MTD ( 4683 ) or 1 - ( 800 ) - 800 - 7310 to reach a Customer Support representative . Please have your unit’s model number and serial number ready when you call . See previous section to locate this information . You will be asked to enter the serial number in order to process your call . 2
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Slope Gauge Operate Do your could not footing overturn mow RIDING and on and inclines you mowers cause could with up serious slip , and a slope resulting down injury . in FOLD slopes , excess in If serious operating ON never of 15 DOTTED injury . degrees across a walk - 15 ° the LINE , behind ( WARNING a face rise SIGHT REPRESENTING mower of of approximately slopes . AND A on POWER such HOLD A CORNER a 2 POLE THIS slope , - 1 / A 2 OR feet 15 ° LEVEL it OF A is every SLOPE FENCE extremely A WITH BUILDING 10 POST feet ) A difficult VERTICAL . A riding to maintain TREE mower 3
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SECTION 1 : IMPORTANT SAFE OPERATION PRACTICES WARNING : This symbol points out important safety instructions which , if not followed , could endanger the personal safety and / or property of yourself and others . read and follow all instructions in this manual before attempting to operate your lawn mower . failure to comply with these instructions may result in personal injury . When you see this symbol , heed its warning . WARNING : The Engine Exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer , birth defects or other reproductive harm . DANGER : Your lawn mower was built to be operated according to the rules for safe operation in this manual . As with any type of power equipment , carelessness or error on the part of the operator can result in serious injury . This lawn mower is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects . Failure to observe the following safety instructions could result in serious injury or death . • Never leave a running machine unattended . GENERAL OPERATION Always turn off blade ( s ) , place transmission in • Read , understand , and follow all instructions in the neutral , set park brake , stop engine and remove operator’s manual and on the machine before key before dismounting . starting . Keep this manual in a safe place for future • Turn off blade ( s ) when not mowing . and regular reference and for ordering replacement • Stop engine and wait until blade ( s ) comes to a parts . complete stop before ( a ) removing grass catcher or • Only allow responsible individuals familiar with the unclogging chute , or ( b ) making any repairs , instructions to operate the machine . Know controls adjusting or removing any grass or debris . and how to stop the machine quickly . • Mow only in daylight or good artificial light . • Do not put hands or feet under cutting deck or near • Do not operate the machine while under the rotating parts . influence of alcohol or drugs . • Clear the area of objects such as rocks , toys , wire , • Watch for traffic when operating near or crossing etc . , which could be picked up and thrown by the roadways . blade . A small object may have been overlooked • Use extra care when loading or unloading the and could be accidentally thrown by the mower in machine into a trailer or truck . This unit should not any direction and cause injury to you or a be driven up or down a ramp onto a trailer or truck bystander . To help avoid a thrown objects injury , under power , because the unit could tip over , keep children , bystanders and helpers at least 75 causing serious personal injury . The unit must be feet from the mower while it is in operation . Always pushed manually on a ramp to load or unload wear safety glasses or safety goggles during properly . operation or while performing an adjustment or • Never make a cutting height adjustment while repair , to protect eyes from foreign objects . Stop engine is running if operator must dismount to do the blade ( s ) when crossing gravel drives , walks or so . roads . • Wear sturdy , rough - soled work shoes and close - • Be sure the area is clear of other people before fitting slacks and shirts . Do not wear loose fitting mowing . Stop machine if anyone enters the area . clothes or jewelry . They can be caught in moving • Never carry passengers . parts . Never operate a unit in bare feet , sandals , or • Disengage blade ( s ) before shifting into reverse and sneakers . backing up . Always look down and behind before • Check overhead clearance carefully before driving and while backing . under power lines , wires , bridges or low hanging • Be aware of the mower and attachment discharge tree branches , before entering or leaving buildings , direction and do not point it at anyone . Do not or in any other situation where the operator may be operate the mower without either the entire grass struck or pulled from the unit , which could result in catcher or the chute guard in place . serious injury . • Slow down before turning . Operate the machine • Disengage all attachment clutches , thoroughly smoothly . Avoid erratic operation and excessive depress the brake pedal , and shift into neutral speed . before attempting to start engine . 4
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• Your mower is designed to cut normal residential • Do not use grass catcher on steep slopes . grass of a height no more than 10 " . Do not attempt to mow through unusually tall , dry grass ( e . g . , CHILDREN pasture ) or piles of dry leaves . Debris may build up Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to on the mower deck or contact the engine exhaust the presence of children . Children are often attracted to presenting a potential fire hazard . the machine and the mowing activity . Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them . SLOPE OPERATION • Keep children out of the mowing area and in Slopes are a major factor related to loss of control and watchful care of an adult other than the operator . tip - over accidents which can result in severe injury or • Be alert and turn machine off if children enter the death . All slopes require extra caution . If you cannot area . back up the slope or if you feel uneasy on it , do not mow • Before and when backing , look behind and down it . for small children . For your safety , use the slope gauge included as part of • Never carry children , even with the blades off . They this manual to measure slopes before operating this may fall off and be seriously injured or interfere with unit on a sloped or hilly area . If the slope is greater than the safe machine operation . 15 ° as shown on the slope gauge , do not operate this • Never allow children under 14 years old to operate unit on that area or serious injury could result . the machine . Children 14 years and over should only operate machine under close parental supervision and proper instruction . DO : • Use extra care when approaching blind corners , • Mow up and down slopes , not across . shrubs , trees or other objects that may obscure • Remove obstacles such as rocks , limbs , etc . your vision of a child or other hazard . • Watch for holes , ruts or bumps . Uneven terrain • Remove key when machine is unattended to could overturn the machine . Tall grass can hide prevent unauthorized operation . obstacles . • Use slow speed . Choose a low enough gear so that SERVICE you will not have to stop or shift while on the slope . • Use extreme care in handling gasoline and other Always keep machine in gear when going down fuels . They are extremely flammable and the slopes to take advantage of engine braking action . vapors are explosive . • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for • Use only an approved container . wheel weights or counterweights to improve • Never remove fuel cap or add fuel with the engine stability . running . Allow engine to cool at least two minutes • Use extra care with grass catchers or other before refueling . attachments . These can change the stability of the • Replace fuel cap securely and wipe off any spilled machine . fuel before starting the engine as it may cause a fire • Keep all movement on the slopes slow and gradual . or explosion . Do not make sudden changes in speed or direction . • Extinguish all cigarettes , cigars , pipes and other Rapid engagement or braking could cause the front sources of ignition . of the machine to lift and rapidly flip over backwards • Never refuel the machine indoors because fuel which could cause serious injury . vapors will accumulate in the area . • Avoid starting or stopping on a slope . If tires lose • Never store the fuel container or machine inside traction , disengage the blade ( s ) and proceed slowly where there is an open flame or spark , such as a straight down the slope . gas hot water heater , space heater or furnace . • Never run a machine inside a closed area . DO NOT : • To reduce fire hazard , keep the machine free of • Do not turn on slopes unless necessary ; then , turn grass , leaves or other debris build - up . Clean up oil slowly and gradually downhill , if possible . or fuel spillage . Allow machine to cool at least 5 • Do not mow near drop - offs , ditches or minutes before storing . embankments . The mower could suddenly turn • Before cleaning , repairing or inspecting , make over if a wheel is over the edge of a cliff or ditch , or certain the blade and all moving parts have if an edge caves in . stopped . Disconnect the spark plug wire , and keep • Do not mow on wet grass . Reduced traction could the wire away from the spark plug to prevent cause sliding . accidental starting . • Do not try to stabilize the machine by putting your • foot on the ground . 5
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• We do not recommend the use of pressure • Check brake operation frequently . Adjust and washers or garden hose to clean your unit . They service as required . may cause damage to electric components , • Muffler , engine and belt guards become hot during spindles , pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use operation and can cause a burn . Allow to cool down of water will result in shortened life and reduce before touching . serviceability . • Do not change the engine governor settings or • Check the blade and engine mounting bolts at overspeed the engine . Excessive engine speeds frequent intervals for proper tightness . Also , are dangerous . visually inspect blade for damage ( e . g . , excessive • Observe proper disposal laws and regulations . wear , bent , cracked ) . Replace with blade which Improper disposal of fluids and materials can harm meets original equipment specifications . the environment and the ecology . • Keep all nuts , bolts and screws tight to be sure the • Prior to disposal , determine the proper method to equipment is in safe working condition . dispose of waste from your local Environmental • Never tamper with safety devices . Check their Protection Agency . Recycling centers are proper operation regularly . Use all guards as established to properly dispose of materials in an instructed in this manual . environmentally safe fashion . • After striking a foreign object , stop the engine , • Use proper containers when draining fluids . Do not remove the wire from the spark plug and thoroughly use food or beverage containers that may mislead inspect the mower for any damage . Repair the someone into drinking from them . Properly dispose damage before restarting and operating the mower . of the containers immediately following the draining • Grass catcher components are subject to wear , of fluids . damage and deterioration , which could expose • DO NOT pour oil or other fluids into the ground , moving parts or allow objects to be thrown . For your down a drain or into a stream , pond , lake or other safety protection , frequently check components body of water . Observe Environmental Protection and replace with manufacturer’s recommended Agency regulations when disposing of oil , fuel , parts when necessary . coolant , brake fluid , filters , batteries , tires and other • Mower blades are sharp and can cut . Wrap the harmful waste . blade ( s ) or wear gloves and use extra caution when servicing blade ( s ) . WARNING : YOUR RESPONSIBILITY - Restrict the use of this power machine to persons who read , understand and follow the warnings and instructions in this manual and on the machine . 6
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SECTION 2 : UNPACKING • Loose parts ( may include the operator’s guide , To Remove Unit From Crate steering wheel , optional oil drain sleeve or hose , • Remove all screws from the top of the crate using a battery fluid , chute deflector , optional mulching 1 / 4 " hex head socket or a flat blade screwdriver . plug , etc . ) are on the seat or in a box wrapped in • To remove ends , grasp top board on the end , and plastic . Carefully cut and remove the plastic wrap . pull towards you in a downward motion . Remove the loose parts . ( A hammer may be helpful ) . • Make certain parking brake is released and deck is • Set panel aside to avoid tire punctures . raised . Push the unit off the skid . • Repeat procedure for each side of the crate . NOTE : For detailed instructions on raising the deck and • Remove and discard plastic bag which covers unit . releasing the parking brake , refer to the control section in this manual . SECTION 3 : ASSEMBLING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR IMPORTANT : After assembly , service engine with gasoline , and check oil level as instructed in the separate engine manual packed with your unit . NOTE : Reference to right or left hand side of the unit is • NEVER connect or disconnect charger clips to observed from the driver’s seat , facing forward . battery while charger is turned on as it can cause sparks . Tools Required For Assembly • Keep all lighted materials ( cigarettes , matches , ( 1 ) 1 / 4 " socket wrench or flat blade screwdriver lighters ) away from the battery as the hydrogen gas ( 1 ) 1 / 2 " wrench or socket wrench * generated during charging can be combustible . • As a further precaution , only charge the battery in a ( 1 ) 9 / 16 " wrench or socket wrench well - ventilated area . ( 2 ) 7 / 16 " wrenches or socket wrenches * Always shield eyes , protect skin and clothing when * If your steering wheel cap is square , you must have a working near batteries . socket wrench in order to install the steering wheel . Battery Information DANGER Battery contains sulfuric acid . Refer to warning WARNING at right . Antidote : EXTERNAL — Flush with water . • Battery acid must be handled with great care as INTERNAL — Drink large quantities of water or milk . contact with it can burn and blister the skin . It is also Follow with milk of magnesia , beaten eggs or advisable to wear protective clothing ( goggles , vegetable oil . Call physician immediately . EYES : rubber gloves and apron ) when working with it . Flush with cool water for at least 15 minutes , then get • Should battery acid accidentally splatter into the prompt medical attention . eyes or onto the face , rinse the affected area Since batteries produce explosive gases , keep immediately with clean cold water . If there is any all lighted materials ( cigarettes , lighters , further discomfort , seek prompt medical attention . matches , etc . ) away . Be sure to charge battery only • If acid spills on clothing , first dilute it with clean in well - ventilated areas . Make certain venting path of water , then neutralize with a solution of ammonia / battery drain tube ( if equipped ) is always open . water or baking soda / water . KEEP BATTERIES • Since battery acid is corrosive , do not pour it into OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN ! any sink or drain . Before discarding empty electrolyte containers , rinse them with a neutralizing solution . 7
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after the 30 minute standing CHARGE THE BATTERY Battery Identification period . Battery P / N 725 - 1705D — Charge at 2 - 3 amps for one hour . Battery P / N 725 - 1707D , 725 - 0453G and 725 - 1750 — Charge at 6 amps for one hour . NOTE : If you charge the battery at a lower AMP rate , use a hydrometer to make sure the battery is completely charged . The hydrometer should read 1.260 o F . minimum at an electrolyte temperature of 60 - 110 DO NOT CHARGE AT MORE THAN 6 AMPS . Type " A " Attaching The Steering Wheel • The hardware for attaching the steering wheel has been packed inside the steering wheel . Carefully pry off the steering wheel cap and remove the hardware . • Remove the steering bellow from the lift lever on the right hand side of lawn tractor . Place steering bellow over the steering shaft extending through the dash . See Figure 1 . NOTE : If the openings on each end of the steering Type " B " bellow are two different sizes , the smaller end goes down against the dash of the lawn tractor . Compare the battery in your lawn tractor ( located under the seat ) with the illustration above . Type “ A ” batteries • With the wheels of the tractor pointing straight are activated and are ready to use . Type “ B ” batteries forward , place the steering wheel over the steering must be filled with battery fluid ( acid ) and charged shaft , positioning steering wheel as desired . before they are put into service . Follow the instructions • Place the washer with the cupped side down over which apply to the battery in your lawn tractor . the steering shaft . Secure with hex lock bolt . See Figure 1 . Activating And Charging The Battery NOTE : If your steering wheel cap is square , you must ( Type “ B ” Battery Only ) use a socket wrench . Do not activate battery ( fill with battery acid ) until • Place the steering wheel cap over the center of the battery is actually placed in service . Be certain to read steering wheel and seat it with your hand . previous battery warnings before activating the battery . Steering • Pivot the seat pivot bracket forward . Unhook the Wheel Cap strap which secures the battery ( hook is on rear Hex Lock frame , under fender ) . Disconnect the positive cable Bolt from the positive terminal . Save the hardware for Cupped reassembly . Washer • Remove the battery from the lawn tractor , paying attention to how the battery is placed in the unit , and how the drain tube ( attached to the battery ) is routed . • Activate the battery as instructed in the “ Quick Start ” brochure included with the battery fluid . Read instructions carefully . Steering Bellow NOTE : You can continue assembling the lawn tractor while battery is standing for 30 minutes ( after filling with Steering acid ) , and later while you are charging the battery . Shaft IMPORTANT : To obtain the maximum life from your battery , it MUST BE CHARGED prior to initial use . Figure 1 8
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Attaching The Seat There are two different seat pivot brackets used on this Screws series of lawn tractor , a manual adjustment seat or a quick adjustment seat . See Figure 2 and 3 to identify which seat is on your unit . Follow the instructions which apply to your lawn tractor . Manual Adjustment Seat Remove the four screws which secure the seat to the Seat seat pivot bracket . Turn the seat around and place in Pivot position against the seat pivot bracket , lining up the Bracket slotted holes in the pivot bracket with the holes in the seat . Select desired position for the seat , and secure with the four screws . See Figure 2 . NOTE : Your seat may have been shipped in a box . Remove the four screws from the bottom of seat and place seat in position against the seat pivot bracket . Manual Adjustment Seat Follow the directions above to attach the seat . Figure 2 Quick Adjustment Seat Pull out tab on seat stop and hold open while sliding seat out of seat pivot bracket . See Figure 3 . Turn the Seat Pivot seat around and line up plastic seat spacers with the Bracket slots in seat pivot bracket . Slide seat in until front seat spacer engages the seat stop . See Figure 4 . To adjust the seat refer to the adjustment section in this manual . Seat Stop NOTE : If your seat was shipped in a box , line up plastic seat spacers with the slots in seat pivot bracket and slide seat in until front seat spacer engages seat stop . WARNING : Before operating your unit , stand behind quick adjustment seat and Tab pull back on seat , making sure seat is engaged in seat stop . Attaching The Chute Deflector Quick Adjustment Seat The chute deflector must be attached to the right side of the deck so that it covers the chute opening . Figure 3 WARNING : Do not operate your unit Seat unless the chute deflector has been Spacers properly installed . • Make certain deck is raised to its highest position ( lift lever pulled all the way back ) . Seat Slot Stop Slot Seat Spacers Quick Adjustment Seat Figure 4 9
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NOTE : Your mowing deck may be equipped with an optional mulching plug . Remove the mulching plug by Cupped removing the wing nut on top of the deck . Grasp the Washers Hex Nuts mulching plug and pull out of the deck . • Remove the hex head cap screws , cupped washers and hex nuts which are attached to the deck next to the chute opening . • Place the chute deflector in position as shown in Figure 5 . Secure with hardware just removed . Cupped sides of washers go against the chute deflector . Installing The Mulching Plug ( If Equipped ) Hex Head Cap Screws • Remove the mulching plug from the box packed with your lawn tractor ( If not already removed from the deck ) . • Remove the wing nut from the bolt on the mulching Figure 5 plug . • Lift up the chute deflector and insert the mulching Wing Nut Chute plug through chute opening . Deflector See Figure 6 . • Line up the bolt on the mulching plug with the hole in the top of the deck . Push up on the end of the mulching plug and secure with the wing nut . Tire Pressure Hole in Chute The tires on your unit may be over - inflated for shipping Deck Opening purposes . Reduce the tire pressure before operating the unit . Recommended operating tire pressure is Mulching Bolt approximately 10 p . s . i . Check sidewall of tire for Plug maximum p . s . i . WARNING : Maximum tire pressure under Figure 6 any circumstances is 30 p . s . i . Equal tire pressure should be maintained on all tires . Deck Hanger Channel Leveling The Deck With unit on hard , level surface , place the blades in a Adjustable straight line , and measure the distance from the outside Lift Link edge of the blade tips to the ground . If adjustment is needed , proceed as follows . • Remove the hairpin clip and flat washer from the bottom of the adjustable lift link on the left side of the deck . ( Hairpin clip and flat washer are on the inside of the lift link . ) • Pull the adjustable lift link out of the deck hanger channel . See Figure 7 . Turn the adjustable lift link up or down as necessary to level the deck . Usually only one or two turns are needed . Figure 7 • Insert the end of the adjustable lift link into the hole in the deck hanger channel . Recheck the adjustment . Readjust if necessary . 10
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• When deck is level , secure end of adjustable lift link Installing The Battery with flat washer and hairpin clip . ( Type “ A ” Battery ) Positive Terminal NOTE : If battery is put into service after date shown on ( Inside Rubber Boot ) top of battery , charge for minimum of 1 hour at 6 - 10 amps Battery • Lift the seat . Strap • Remove the plastic cover from the negative terminal . • Remove the hex bolt and nut from the negative ( black ) cable . Attach negative cable to the negative terminal with this bolt and nut . Installing The Battery ( Type “ B ” Battery ) • Lift the seat . • Make certain both the negative ( black ) cable and Negative the positive ( red ) cable are routed up through the Cable battery compartment as shown in Figure 8 . Battery Negative • Replace the battery into the battery compartment in Compartment Terminal the same position as it was before ( positive terminal Figure 8 is toward the front of the unit ) . • Attach the positive ( red ) cable to the positive Battery terminal of the battery . Secure with hex bolt and nut Strap previously removed . Slide rubber boot down over Slot in Frame the positive terminal . • Remove the hex bolt and nut from the negative Hole ( black ) cable . Attach negative cable to the negative terminal with this bolt and nut . • Secure battery by hooking battery strap into slot in rear frame , under the fender . See Figure 9 . Drain Tube • Insert the drain tube down through the hole in the battery compartment and the hole in the transaxle reinforcement bracket located on the right side of the unit . See Figure 9 . Be certain drain tube is routed away from the wheel rim . Transaxle • Trim excess end of drain tube if necessary ( about Reinforcement 4 " should extend past the bracket or cable tie ) . Bracket Figure 9 11
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SECTION 4 : KNOW YOUR LAWN TRACTOR Ignition Switch Ammeter ( If Equipped ) The ignition switch is located on the dashboard . Turn The ammeter registers the rate of battery charge or the key to the START position to start the engine . When discharge . The ammeter will register on the discharging the engine is running , leave the key in the ON position . side with starting the engine . It should register on the To stop the engine , turn the key to the OFF position . opposite side ( charging ) when the engine is running in See Figure 10 . the fast position until the battery is completely charged . With a fully charged battery or with the engine idling , WARNING : Remove key from the tractor the ammeter will not show a charge . See Figure 10 . when tractor is not in use to prevent accidental starting . Shift Lever The shift lever is located in the center of the console Throttle Control and has three positions , FORWARD , NEUTRAL and The throttle control is located on the left side of the REVERSE . See Figure 10 . The clutch - brake pedal dashboard and is used to regulate the engine speed . must be depressed and the lawn tractor must not be See Figure 10 . The engine should be operated at full moving when shifting gears . Do not force the shift lever . throttle ( FAST ) when operating any equipment that Release the clutch - brake pedal slightly to line up the uses the tractor engine as a source of power such as shifting collar in the transmission . Then try to shift the mowing deck or snow thrower attachment . gears . Light Switch Speed Control Lever Ignition Choke Switch Control The speed control lever is located either on the console or on the right fender . See Figure 11 . The speed control lever allows you to regulate the ground speed of the lawn tractor . To select the ground speed , depress Clutch - Brake clutch pedal . Move speed control lever out of the Pedal notches and backward to slow lawn tractor , forward to increase speed . When desired speed has been obtained , release lever in that position . Whenever clutch is released , unit will automatically go to the pre - Ammeter Throttle set speed . Control Speed Control Lever Shift Lever Figure 10 Choke Control The choke control is located on the left side of the dashboard and is operated manually . Details for the Figure 11 choke operation are covered in the separate engine manual packed with your unit . See Figure 10 . Clutch - brake Pedal The clutch - brake pedal is located on the left side of the Light Switch ( If Equipped ) lawn tractor . Depressing the clutch - brake pedal part The head lamps are operated by pushing the light way disengages the clutch . Pressing the pedal all the switch located on the dashboard . The head lamps will way down disengages the clutch and engages the disc only operate when the engine is running . See Figure brake . See Figure 10 . 10 . 12
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NOTE : The clutch - brake pedal must be depressed to Cutting Controls start the engine . Lift Lever The lift lever is used to raise and lower the cutting deck Parking Brake and to engage and disengage the blades . Pulling it all The speed control lever is used to set the parking the way back and locking it disengages the blades . brake . To set the parking brake , depress the clutch - NOTE : The lift lever must be in the BLADES STOP brake pedal . Move the speed control lever out of the position when starting the engine , when shifting into notches to the parking brake position . Release the reverse and if the operator leaves the seat . See Figure speed control lever and the clutch - brake pedal . 12 . To release the parking brake , depress the clutch - brake pedal and move the speed control lever out of the Deck Lift Indicator ( If Equipped ) notches to the desired position . Release the speed If so equipped , the deck lift indicator marks the position control lever and the clutch - brake pedal . being used for the lift lever . Select the lift lever position desired , press the indicator lever outward , move it to NOTE : The parking brake must be set if the operator the position immediately below the lift lever and release leaves the seat with the engine running the indicator lever . See Figure 12 . Setting The Cutting Height Interlocks ( Not Shown ) • Select the position for the lift lever which gives the Interlock safety switches are located by the clutch - desired cutting height . Move the deck lift indicator brake pedal , the lift lever , the shift lever and under the ( if so equipped ) so that the lift lever can be returned seat . to the same position after it is raised . Before the engine will start , the clutch - brake pedal must • Move the deck wheels to the hole location so the be depressed all the way and the lift lever must be in wheels are 1 / 4 inch above the ground . Place all the BLADES STOP position . four wheels in the same relative position . Before the unit can be shifted into reverse or if the operator leaves the seat , the lift lever must be in the Lift Lever BLADES STOP position . Indicator Lights ( If Equipped ) If your unit is equipped with indicator lights , two or three indicator lights are located in the dash panel . If a light illuminates when attempting to start the unit , proceed as follows . CLUTCH — Depress the clutch pedal . PTO — Place lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . Deck Lift OIL ( Vanguard Twin and Intek twin Engines Only ) — Indicator Check the crankcase oil level , and add oil as required . Figure 12 SECTION 5 : OPERATING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR • Remove objects that could be thrown by the AVOID SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH blade ( s ) . • Go up and down slopes , not across . avoid sudden • Know location and function of all controls . turns . • Be sure blade ( s ) and engine are stopped before • Do not operate the unit where it could slip or tip . placing hands or feet near blade ( s ) . • If machine stops going uphill , stop blade ( s ) and • before leaving operator’s position , disengage back downhill slowly . blade ( s ) , place the shift lever in neutral , engage • Do not mow when children or others are around . brake lock , shut engine off and remove key . • Never carry children . • READ OPERATOR’S MANUAL • Look down and behind before and while backing . • Keep safety devices ( guards , shields , and switches ) in place and working . 13
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NOTE : If any problems are encountered , refer to the Gas And Oil Fill - up Trouble Shooting Guide . Check the oil level and add if necessary . Service the engine with gasoline as instructed in the Operating The Lawn Tractor separate engine manual packed with your tractor . • Move throttle control to full throttle to prevent strain Read instructions carefully . on the engine and to operate the cutting blades . IMPORTANT : Your tractor is shipped with oil ; however • Place the shift lever in either the FORWARD or you must check the oil level before operating . Be REVERSE position . careful not to overfill . • Release the parking brake by depressing the clutch - brake pedal , pressing outward on the speed control lever and moving to desired position . Use WARNING : Never fill fuel tank indoors , first speed position when operating the lawn tractor with engine running or while engine is for the first time . hot . • Release clutch - brake pedal slowly to put unit into motion . Starting The Engine • The lawn tractor is brought to a stop by depressing IMPORTANT : This unit is equipped with a safety the clutch - brake pedal . interlock system for your protection . The purpose of the NOTE : When operating the unit initially , there will be safety interlock system is to prevent the engine from little difference between the highest two speeds until cranking or starting unless the clutch - brake pedal is after the belts have seated themselves into the pulleys depressed and the lift lever is in the BLADES STOP during the break - in period . position . In addition , the lift lever must be in the BLADES STOP position when the unit is put into Be sure that the lawn is clear of stones , sticks , wire , or reverse or the engine will shut off . If the operator leaves other objects which could damage lawn mower or the seat with the lift lever engaged and / or without engine . For best results and to insure more even grass setting the parking brake , the engine will shut off . distribution , do not mow when lawn is excessively wet . WARNING : Do not operate the tractor if WARNING : Before leaving the operator’s the interlock system is malfunctioning position for any reason , disengage the because it is a safety device , designed for blades , place the shift lever in neutral , protection . engage the parking brake , shut engine off and remove the key . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . • Depress the clutch - brake pedal and set the parking When stopping the unit to empty a grass bag , etc . , brake . follow the instructions above . This procedure will also • Set the throttle control in the FAST position . eliminate ‘ ‘ browning ’ ’ the grass , which is caused by hot • Pull out the choke control ( a warm engine may not exhaust gases from a running engine . require choking ) . If unit stalls with speed control in high speed , or if unit • Turn the ignition key to the right to the START will not operate with speed control lever in a low speed position . After the engine starts , release the key . It position , proceed as follows . will return to the ON position . • Place shift lever in NEUTRAL . NOTE : Protect the starter life by using short starting • Restart engine . cycles of several seconds . Cranking more than 15 • Place speed control lever in high speed position . seconds per minute can damage the starter motor . • Release clutch - brake pedal fully . • Depress clutch - brake pedal . • Push choke knob in gradually . Move the throttle • Place speed control lever in desired position . control to desired engine speed . • Place shift lever in either FORWARD or REVERSE , and follow normal operating procedures . Stopping The Engine Turn the ignition key to the left to the OFF position . Operating The Cutting Blades Remove the key to prevent accidental starting . The cutting blades may be engaged while the lawn IMPORTANT : If you strike a foreign object , stop the tractor is moving or standing still . DO NOT engage the engine . Remove wire from spark plug , thoroughly cutting blades abruptly as the sudden belt tension on inspect the unit for any damage , and repair the damage the pulley may cause the engine to stall . before restarting and operating the mower . 14
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WARNING : Keep feet and hands away Grass Collector Available from the discharge opening , the blades or Grass Collector Model OEM - 190 - 063 is available as any part of the deck . When the unit is optional equipment for lawn tractors with 38 " and 42 " used for anything other than mowing decks . Grass Collector Model OEM - 190 - 103 is operations , the blade drive should be available for lawn tractors with 46 " decks . disengaged . WARNING : The mower should not be Move the lift lever into the BLADES STOP position to operated without the entire grass catcher raise the deck and disengage the blades . or chute deflector in place . NOTE : Under normal usage bag material is subject to wear , and should be checked periodically . Be sure to use only factory authorized replacement bag . SECTION 6 : MAKING ADJUSTMENTS WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug Carburetor Adjustments wires and ground against the engine before performing any adjustments , WARNING : If any adjustments are made repairs or maintenance . to the engine while the engine is running ( e . g . carburetor ) , disengage all clutches and blades . Keep clear of all moving Manual Adjustment Seat parts . Be careful of heated surfaces and To adjust the position of the seat , loosen the four muffler . screws on the bottom of the seat . See Figure 2 . Slide the seat forward or backward as desired . Retighten the Minor carburetor adjustments may be required to four screws . compensate for differences in fuel , temperature , altitude and load . Refer to separate engine manual for carburetor adjustment information . Quick Adjustment Seat To adjust the position of the seat , move the seat NOTE : A dirty air cleaner will cause an engine to run adjustment lever ( located under the seat ) to the left and rough . Be certain air cleaner is clean and attached to slide the seat forward or backwards . See Figure 13 . the carburetor before adjusting carburetor . Make sure seat is locked into one of the six adjustment positions before operating the lawn tractor . Deck Leveling Adjustment If an uneven cut is obtained , the deck may be leveled by following instructions in Assembly section . Deck Engagement Adjustment The cutting deck engagement may be adjusted to make certain deck is disengaged when lift lever is in the BLADES STOP position . Correct adjustment as follows . With the engine off , place the lift lever in the highest cutting position ( first position ) . Remove the cotter pin and flat washer which secure the disengagement rod to Seat Adjustment the stabilizer shaft assembly . See Figure 14 . Shorten Lever Seat the rod by threading it in until the ferrule is against the back of the slot in the lift shaft assembly , and the rod Figure 13 lines up with the hole in the stabilizer shaft . For more belt tension the disengagement rod must be lengthened . To decrease belt tension the disengagement rod must be shortened . 15
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Check the adjustment by placing the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . The deck should move up and forward , allowing the belt to become loose . Start and test for disengagement . Repeat procedure as necessary . Neutral Slot Shift Stabilizer Shaft Disengagement Lever Assembly Rod Loosen Hex Bolt Figure 15 Flat Washer 38 " Decks Hairpin Clip Brake Adjustment Disengagement Stabilizer Shaft Rod Assembly The brake is located by the right rear wheel inside the frame . During normal operation of this machine , the brake is subject to wear and will require periodic examination and adjustment . See Figure 16 . Spring WARNING : Do not have the engine running when you adjust the brake . Stabilizer Plate To adjust the brake , adjust the nut so the brake starts to engage when the brake lever is 1 / 4 " to 5 / 16 " away from Flat Washer the axle housing . Hairpin Clip 42 " and 46 " Decks Figure 14 Neutral Adjustment • Place the transmission in neutral . ( The unit will Nut move freely when pushed forward and backward Disc with the parking brake released . ) Brake • Loosen the bolt which secures the shift lever assembly to the shift lever link . See Figure 15 . • Place the shift lever in the neutral slot . See Figure 15 . • Tighten the bolt to 13 foot pounds . Brake Lever Figure 16 16
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Speed Control Lever Speed Ferrule Control Variable Speed Rod Torque Bracket Back of Assembly Slot Hairpin Clip Speed and Flat Washer Control Cotter Pin Speed Link and Flat Washer Control Stop Rod Lever Speed Control Back Rod of Slot Ferrule Hairpin Clip and Flat Washer Brake Rod Ferrule Figure 17 • Release the clutch - brake pedal completely , then Speed Control Adjustment slowly depress the pedal all the way ( to park position ) . Hold the pedal in this position . NOTE : When operating the unit initially or after • Turn the engine off . replacing the belts , there will be little difference • After engine stops completely , release the clutch - between the highest two speeds until after the belts brake pedal . have gone through a break - in period and have seated • Place speed control lever in second position . themselves into the pulleys . • Remove the cotter pin and flat washer which If the full range of speeds cannot be obtained on your secures the speed control link to the variable speed unit , adjust the speed control as follows . torque bracket assembly . • Adjust the speed control lever by pushing the • Push the clutch - brake pedal backward by hand as clutch - brake pedal forward until it hits the stop rod far as it will go using light pressure . Hold it in this on the running board . See Figure 17 . Have another position as you thread the speed control link in or person hold the pedal in this position as you make out of the ferrule until it lines up with the pin on the the following adjustment . Place the speed control variable speed torque bracket assembly . lever in parking brake position . Remove the hairpin • Secure speed control link to variable speed torque clip and flat washer , and adjust the ferrule on the bracket assembly with flat washer and cotter pin . rod so it is against the back end of the slot . See Figure 17 . Then lengthen rod one more turn . Wheel Adjustment Reassemble and secure with the flat washer and ( Units With Adjustable Tie Rod ) hairpin clip . • Adjust the speed control link as follows to obtain the The caster ( forward slant of the king pin ) and the correct neutral adjustment . camber ( tilt of the wheels out at the top ) require no • Start the engine . adjustment . Automotive steering principles have been • Place the shift lever in Neutral position . used to determine the caster and camber on the tractor . • Place the speed control lever in high speed The front wheels should toe - in between 1 / 16 - 5 / 16 position . inch . 17
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To adjust the toe - in , follow these steps . • Remove the hex nut and lock washer , and drop the end of the tie rod from the axle bracket . See Figure A 18 . • Loosen the hex jam nut on tie rod . • Adjust the tie rod assembly for correct toe - in . Tie Rod Front B Wheel Bracket ( 1 / 16 " - 5 / 16 " Less Than A ) Figure 19 Hex Jam Nut Carburetor Adjustments Hex Nut WARNING : If any adjustments are made to Tie Rod Lock Washer the engine while the engine is running End ( e . g . carburetor ) , disengage all clutches and blades . Keep clear of all moving Figure 18 parts . Be careful of heated surfaces and Dimension ‘ ‘ B ’ ’ should be approximately 1 / 16 - 5 / 16 " muffler . less than Dimension ‘ ‘ A . ’ ’ See Figure 19 . To increase Dimension ‘ ‘ B , " screw tie rod into tie rod end . To decrease Dimension ‘ ‘ B , ’ ’ unscrew tie rod from tie rod Minor carburetor adjustments may be required to end . Reassemble tie rod . Check dimensions . Readjust compensate for differences in fuel , temperature , if necessary . altitude and load . Refer to separate engine manual for carburetor adjustment information . NOTE : A dirty air cleaner will cause an engine to run rough . Be certain air cleaner is clean and attached to the carburetor before adjusting carburetor . SECTION 7 : SERVICE WARNING : Always stop engine and disconnect spark plug wire before Steering cleaning , lubricating or doing any kind of Gears work on lawn tractor . Steering Gears Lubricate teeth of steering gears with automotive multi - purpose grease after every 25 hours of operation or once a season . See Figure 20 . Steering Shaft Lubricate steering shaft at least once a season with light oil . Figure 20 18
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Linkage Pivot Points Once a season lubricate all the pivot points on the Lubricate all pivot points with light oil at least once a clutch , brake and lift linkage with SAE 30 engine oil . season . Wheels Ball Joints The front wheels may be provided with optional grease The ball joints and drag link ends are permanently fittings . The rear wheels must be removed from the axle lubricated . for lubrication . Lubricate at least once a season with automotive multi - purpose grease . SECTION 8 : MAINTAINING YOUR LAWN TRACTOR WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground against the engine before performing any adjustments , repairs or maintenance . Oil Sump Trouble Shooting Refer to the trouble shooting chart for engine problems . Engine Refer to the separate engine manual for engine maintenance instructions . Service air cleaner every 10 hours under normal Oil Drain conditions . Clean every few hours under extremely Sleeve dusty conditions . To service the air cleaner , refer to the separate engine manual packed with your unit . Figure 21 The spark plug ( s ) should be cleaned and the gap reset once a season . Spark plug replacement is Oil Drain Valve ( If Equipped ) recommended at the start of each mowing season ; check engine manual for correct plug type and gap Your lawn tractor may have a valve installed on the specifications . engine for draining oil from the crankcase . See Figure 22 . To drain the oil , insert the 12 " hose ( shipped loose Maintain engine oil as instructed in the separate with your unit ) over the end of the valve . Place the other engine manual packed with your unit . Read and follow end in a suitable container . Push in black cap , rotate instructions carefully . counterclockwise and pull valve open . When oil is completely drained , push top of valve in and rotate Oil Drain Sleeve ( If Equipped ) clockwise to close . Your lawn tractor has a plastic oil drain sleeve packed with the loose parts for your convenience in draining oil from the crankcase . To drain the oil , snap small end of oil drain sleeve onto oil sump . See Figure 21 . Remove drain plug and drain oil into a suitable container . 12 " Drain Hose Oil Drain Valve Figure 22 19
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Fuel Filter Battery Care And Maintenance ( Type “ A ” Your unit is equipped with a replaceable in - line fuel Battery ) filter . Replace filter whenever contamination or Type “ A ” batteries are sealed and are maintenance discoloration is noticed . Order replacement filter free . through your authorized engine service dealer . Battery Care And Maintenance ( Type “ B ” Cleaning Engine And Deck Battery ) Any fuel or oil spilled on the machine should be wiped off promptly . Grass , leaves , and other dirt must not be left to accumulate around the cooling fins of the engine Check Fluid Level or on any part of the machine . Check fluid level inside each cell of the battery every Clean the underside of the deck after each mowing . two weeks and before and after charging . Always keep We do not recommend the use of pressure washers or level between maximum and minimum fill level . garden hose to clean your unit . They may cause Add only distilled water . Never add additional acid damage to electric components , spindles , pulleys , or any other chemicals to the battery after initial bearings or the engine . The use of water will result in activation . shortened life and reduce serviceability . NOTE : After operating the lawn tractor for a long period of time , check the fluid level in the battery as it can Cutting Blades overheat and lose fluid . REMOVAL FOR REPLACEMENT OR SHARPENING Charging The Battery WARNING : Be sure to disconnect and ground the spark plug wire ( s ) and remove ( All Batteries ) ignition key before working on the cutting The engine is equipped with an alternator which blade to prevent accidental engine charges battery when tractor is operated . Under normal starting . Protect hands by using heavy conditions , the battery only needs to be charged before , gloves or a rag to grasp the cutting blades . during and after off - season storage . Follow the • Remove the hex flange nut which holds the blade to instructions under “ Off - Season Storage . ” the blade spindle . To charge the battery : Battery P / N 725 - 1705D — • Remove the blade from the spindle . Charge at 2 - 3 amps for one hour . Battery P / N 725 - Sharpening 1707D , 725 - 0453G , and 725 - 1750 — Charge at 6 amps Remove the cutting blades by following the directions for one hour . of the preceding section . When sharpening the blades , follow the original angle Removing / Installing / Jump Starting of grind as a guide . It is extremely important that each WARNING : When removing or installing cutting edge receives an equal amount of grinding to the battery , follow these instructions to prevent an unbalanced blade . An unbalanced blade prevent the screwdriver from shorting will cause excessive vibration when rotating at high against the frame . speeds , may cause damage to the mower and could break , causing personal injury . Removing the Battery : Disconnect negative cable The blade can be tested for balance by balancing it on first , then positive cable . a round shaft screwdriver . Remove metal from the Installing the Battery : Connect positive cable first , heavy side until it balances evenly . then negative cable . Reassembly Jump Starting When replacing blades , be sure to install the blade • First , connect end of one jumper cable to the with the side of the blade marked ‘ ‘ Bottom ’ ’ ( or with positive terminal of the good battery , then the other part number ) facing the ground when the mower is in end to the positive terminal of the dead battery . the operating position . Carefully align “ star ” on blade • Connect the other jumper cable to the negative with “ star ” on spindle . Secure with hex flange nut . terminal of the good battery , then to the FRAME OF Blade Mounting Torque THE UNIT WITH THE DEAD BATTERY . Hex Flange Nut : 840 in . lb . min . , 1080 in . lb . max . To ensure safe operation of your unit , all nuts and bolts must be checked periodically for correct tightness . 20
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WARNING : Failure to use this procedure NOTE : When reassembling , make certain belt keeper could cause sparking , and the gas in pins are assembled in the same locations from which either battery could explode . they were removed . See Figure 23 . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . Clean The Battery • Remove the belt keeper pins from the lower frame . Clean the battery by removing it from the unit and See Figure 23 . washing with a baking soda and water solution . If • Unhook the deck belt from the engine pulley . necessary , scrape the battery terminals with a wire • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way brush to remove deposits . Coat terminals and exposed forward ) position . wiring with grease or petroleum jelly to prevent • Disconnect the stabilizer plate from the stabilizer corrosion . shaft assembly by removing the hairpin clips and flat washers and sliding out the rod . Refer to Figure 14 . Battery Failures Some common causes for battery failure are : incorrect initial activation , lack of water , adding chemicals other Belt Keeper Pins than water after initial activation , undercharging , overcharging , corroded connections , freezing . These failures do not constitute warranty . Tires Recommended operating tire pressure is approximately 10 p . s . i . Maximum tire pressure under any circumstances is 30 p . s . i . Equal tire pressure Engine should be maintained on all tires . Pulley When installing a tire to the rim , be certain rim is clean and free of rust . Lubricate both the tire and rim generously . Never inflate to over 30 p . s . i . to seat beads . Figure 23 WARNING : Excessive pressure ( over 30 • Disconnect the six deck links by removing the p . s . i . ) when seating beads may cause tire / hairpin clips and flat washers . rim assembly to burst with force sufficient • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . to cause serious injury . • Slide the deck from beneath the lawn tractor . • Remove the belt guards at each deck pulley by Belt Removal And Replacement removing the self - tapping screws . See Figure 24 . WARNING : Disconnect the spark plug Self - Tapping Stabilizer Belt wire ( s ) and ground it against the engine . Screws Plate Guard Block the wheels of the unit . NOTE : Figures 23 , 27 and 28 are shown with the unit tipped up for clarity . It is not necessary to tip the unit to remove the belts . However , if tipping the unit is desired , remove the Deck battery from the unit . To prevent gasoline leakage , Pulleys drain the gasoline , or remove the fuel tank cap , place a thin piece of plastic over the neck of the fuel tank and screw on the cap . Be certain to remove the plastic when finished changing the belts . Block unit securely . Belt Guard Deck Belt ( 38 " And 42 " Decks ) • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way Figure 24 forward ) position . • Remove and replace the belt , reassemble following • Disconnect the spring which is attached to a the instructions in reverse order . bracket on the transaxle , inside the right rear wheel . Use a spring puller or other suitable tool . Deck Belts ( 46 " Deck ) • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way forward ) position . 21
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• Disconnect the spring which is attached to a • Push the idler pulley toward the right side of the bracket on the transaxle , inside the right rear wheel . unit . Lift the belt over the idler pulley . See Figure Use a spring puller or other suitable tool . 26 . • Remove the belt from the variable speed pulley . NOTE : When reassembling , make certain belt keeper • Remove the two bolts which hold the shift lever pins are assembled in the same locations from which bracket to the frame on the left side of the unit . they were removed . See Figure 23 . Swing the bracket toward the right so the belt can • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . be removed from the transmission pulley . See • Remove the belt keeper pins from the lower frame . Figure 26 . See Figure 23 . • Replace belt , and reassemble in reverse order . • Unhook the deck belt from the engine pulley . • Adjust the speed control as instructed in • Place the lift lever in the engaged ( all the way adjustment section . forward ) position . • Disconnect the stabilizer plate from the stabilizer Transmission shaft assembly by removing the hairpin clips and Shift Lever Bracket Pulley flat washers and sliding out the rod . Refer to Figure Hex Bolt 14 . • Disconnect the six deck links by removing the hairpin clips and flat washers . • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . • Slide the deck from beneath the lawn tractor . Rear Drive • Remove the top deck drive belt by lifting up on the Belt stabilizer plate , and slipping belt off the pulley . Idlerey • Remove the belt cover at the two outside deck Pull pulleys , by removing the self - tapping screws . Variable Speed Pulley • Release the tension on the spring loaded idler by pushing the idler toward the rear of the deck . • Remove the belt from around the idler pulleys , and remove from the three deck pulleys . Figure 26 • Reassemble new belts , following instructions in Front Drive Belt reverse order . • To remove the front drive belt , first remove the rear Rear Drive Belt drive belt from the idler pulley and variable speed • Place shift lever in neutral position . Unscrew the pulley . shift knob and the speed control knob ( if located on • Place the lift lever in the BLADES STOP position . the console ) . Remove the two truss head screws • Remove the belt keeper pins from the engine pulley which secure the transmission cover . See Figure belt guard . Refer to Figure 23 . 25 . • Lift the transmission cover . Unplug the safety wire NOTE : Make certain belt keeper pins are reassembled from beneath the transmission cover . See Figure as shown in Figure 23 . 25 . Remove transmission cover . • Unhook the deck belt from the engine pulley . • Remove the center bolt , lock washer and flat washer , and let the engine pulley drop down so the Shift belt is past the belt guards . Knob Center hBolterr Lock Wasshe Flat Wa Safety Wire Truss Head Screws Figure 25 Figure 27 22
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• Place the clutch - brake pedal in park position . • Push forward on the variable speed pulley , lift the belt off the engine pulley , and remove the belt from Variable the pulley . Speed Pulley • Release the clutch - brake pedal . Using the pedal to move the variable speed pulley as necessary , lift the belt up and off the variable speed pulley . NOTE : When reassembling , make certain belt is inside Pins the belt keeper pins . See Figure 23 . Figure 28 SECTION 9 : OFF - SEASON STORAGE If the machine is to be inoperative for a period longer Charge battery fully . The battery loses some of its than 30 days , prepare for storage as follows . charge each day when the unit is not used . NEVER store battery without a full charge . Recharge • Clean the engine and the entire unit thoroughly . battery before returning to service or every two months , • We do not recommend the use of pressure whichever occurs first . washers or garden hose to clean your unit . They may cause damage to electric components , • When storing unit for extended periods , disconnect spindles , pulleys , bearings or the engine . The use battery cables . Removing battery from unit is of water will result in shortened life and reduce recommended . serviceability . • Store unit in a clean , dry area . Do not store next to • Lubricate all lubrication points . Wipe the entire corrosive materials , such as fertilizer . machine with an oiled rag to protect the surfaces . NOTE : When storing any type of power equipment in • Refer to the engine manual for correct engine an unventilated or metal storage shed , care should be storage instructions . The engine must be taken to rustproof the equipment . Using a light oil or completely drained of fuel to prevent gum deposits silicone , coat the equipment , especially any chains , from forming on essential carburetor parts , fuel springs , bearings and cables . lines and fuel tanks . 23
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SECTION 10 : TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE Possible Trouble Corrective Action Cause ( s ) Engine will Safety switch There are two switches in the starting circuit of your unit : the clutch pedal switch and not crank button not the deck lift lever switch . Make certain the actuator is fully depressing the buttons on depressed . each switch . Battery installed The battery must be installed with negative terminal attached to black ground wire . incorrectly . Negative terminal is identified at the post by “ NEG ” , “ N ” or “ - ” . The positive terminal , identified by “ POS ” , “ P ” or “ + ” , must be attached to the big red wire which goes to the solenoid . All batteries are to be fully charged before installing . Refer to “ Quick Start ” battery guide that came with the operator’s manual . Battery is dead Check fluid level in battery . If fluid is low , fill to just below split rings with water . Charge or weak . with 6 AMP charger until fully charged . Blown fuse or Refer to operator’s manual for fuse box location . Replace fuse with automotive type circuit breaker . fuse . Fuses seldom fail without a reason . The problem must be corrected . Check for loose connections in the fuse holder . Replace fuse holder if necessary . A dead short may be in the cranking or charging circuit where the insulation may have rubbed through and exposed the bare wire . Replace the wire or repair with electrician's tape if the wire strands have not been damaged . Note : Look for a wire pinched between body panels , burned by the exhaust pipe or muffler or rubbed against a moving part . Engine ground Engine should have a black ground wire running from engine to frame or mounting wire loose . bolt . Check operator's manual for correct position for throttle control and choke for starting . Engine Throttle or choke cranks but not in starting will not start position . Gasoline tank empty . Fill . No fuel to the Fuel line or in - line fuel filter plugged . Remove and clean fuel line . Replace filter if carburetor . necessary . Spark plug lead disconnected . Connect lead . Hold spark plug lead away from engine No spark to block about 1 / 8 " . Crank engine . There should be a spark . If not , have engine repaired spark plug . at authorized engine service dealer . Faulty spark plug . To test , remove spark plug . Attach spark plug lead to spark plug . Ground the spark plug body against the engine block . Crank the engine . The spark plug should fire at the electrode . Replace if it does not . Dirty air cleaner . If the air cleaner is dirty , the engine may not start . Refer to the engine manual packed with your unit . Engine Engine oil has Check oil level . smokes been overfilled . Engine loses Dipstick not seated or broken . Replace defective part . crankcase Engine breather defective . Replace . vacuum . Excessive Bent or Stop engine immediately . Check all pulleys , blade adapters , keys and bolts for vibration damaged blade . tightness and spindle damage . Tighten or replace any damaged parts . Bent blade . Stop engine immediately . Replace damaged blade . Only use original equipment blades . Mower will Engine speed Throttle must be set at full throttle . not low . discharge Speed selection . Use lower ground speed . The slower your ground speed , the better the quality of cut . grass or Cutting height Raise deck . leaves set too low . uncut strips Blades short or Sharpen or replace blades ( uncut strip problem only ) . dull . NOTE : For repairs beyond the minor adjustments above , contact your local authorized service dealer . 24
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SECTION 11 : OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT At the time of manufacture of lawn tractor , the following NOTE : These lawn tractors are not designed for optional equipment is available . ground - engaging equipment ( tillers , plows , etc . ) . NOTE : * Available through your local dealer or from Agri - Fab Inc . , 303 W . Raymond Street , Sullivan , Illinois 61951 . Model No . Description 40 " Two Stage Snow Thrower OEM - 190 - 621 42 " Dozer Blade 190 - 620 - 000 Mulching Kit 190 - 112 - 000 Twin Bag Grass Collector OEM - 190 - 063 Front Counterweight 190 - 745 - 000 Tire Chains — 20 x 8 190 - 658 - 000 31 Lb . Wheel Weights 190 - 215 - 000 Gang Reel ( Set of three ) 45 - 0195 * 38 " Lawn Sweeper 45 - 0222 * Heavy Duty Dump Cart 45 - 0171 * Tine De - Thatcher 45 - 0186 * 25
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MANUFACTURER’S LIMITED WARRANTY FOR : c . Routine maintenance items such as lubricants , filters , The limited warranty set forth below is given by MTD blade sharpening and tune - ups , or adjustments such PRODUCTS INC ( “ MTD ” ) with respect to new merchandise as brake adjustments , clutch adjustments or deck purchased and used in the United States , its possessions adjustments ; and normal deterioration of the exterior and territories . finish due to use or exposure . d . MTD does not extend any warranty for products sold MTD warrants this product against defects in material and or exported outside of the United States of America , workmanship for a period of two ( 2 ) years commencing on its possessions and territories , except those sold the date of original purchase and will , at its option , repair or through MTD’s authorized channels of export distribu - replace , free of charge , any part found to be defective in tion . material or workmanship . This limited warranty shall only No implied warranty , including any implied warranty of apply if this product has been operated and maintained in merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose , accordance with the Operator’s Manual furnished with the applies after the applicable period of express written product , and has not been subject to misuse , abuse , com - warranty above as to the parts as identified . No other mercial use , neglect , accident , improper maintenance , express warranty or guaranty , whether written or oral , alteration , vandalism , theft , fire , water or damage because of other peril or natural disaster . Damage resulting from the except as mentioned above , given by any person or installation or use of any accessory or attachment not entity , including a dealer or retailer , with respect to any approved by MTD Products Inc . for use with the product ( s ) product shall bind MTD . During the period of the War - covered by this manual will void your warranty as to any ranty , the exclusive remedy is repair or replacement of resulting damages . the product as set forth above . ( Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts , so Normal wear parts or components thereof are subject to the above limitation may not apply to you . ) separate terms as follows : All normal wear part or compo - nent failures will be covered on the product for a period of The provisions as set forth in this Warranty provide the 90 days regardless of cause . After 90 days , but within the sole and exclusive remedy arising from the sales . MTD two year period , normal wear part failures will be covered shall not be liable for incidental or consequential loss ONLY IF caused by defects in material or workmanship of or damages including , without limitation , expenses OTHER component parts . Normal wear parts and compo - incurred for substitute or replacement lawn care ser - nents include , but are not limited to , belts , blades , blade vices , for transportation or for related expenses , or for adapters , grass bags , rider deck wheels , seats , snow rental expenses to temporarily replace a warranted thrower skid shoes , shave plates and tires . Batteries are product . ( Some states do not allow the exclusion or limita - covered by a 90 - day limited replacement warranty . tion of incidental or consequential damages , so the above exclusion or limitation may not apply to you . ) HOW TO OBTAIN SERVICE : Warranty service is available , WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE THROUGH YOUR LOCAL In no event shall recovery of any kind be greater than the AUTHORIZED SERVICE DEALER . To locate the dealer in amount of the purchase price of the product sold . Alteration your area , please check for a listing in the Yellow Pages or of the safety features of the product shall void this War - contact the Customer Service Department of MTD PROD - ranty . You assume the risk and liability for loss , damage , or UCTS INC by calling 1 - 800 - 800 - 7310 or writing to P . O . Box injury to you and your property and / or to others and their 368022 , Cleveland , Ohio 44136 - 9722 . property arising out of the use or misuse or inability to use This limited warranty does not provide coverage in the the product . following cases : a . The engine or component parts thereof . These items This limited warranty shall not extend to anyone other than carry a separate manufacturer’s warranty . Please refer the original purchaser , original lessee or the person for to the applicable manufacturer’s warranty on these whom it was purchased as a gift . items . b . Log splitter pumps , valves and cylinders have a sepa - How State Law Relates to this Warranty : This limited rate one year warranty . warranty gives you specific legal rights , and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state .
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