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If the blades are engaged and you shift to reverse the mower is designed to either shut off the blades or the engine. Some units have ROS, this is an additional position on the key switch that can be activated if the operator feels the need to mow in reverse.
The reasons why mower is not moving forward or reverse is that the battery is dead, or due to clogged fuel line. Additionally, malfunctioning transmission, or a broken drive belt, also a faulty spark plug, even when friction wheel isn`t in contact with the friction plate, or damaged Tires.
If the PTO clutch is not getting power, if the clutch solenoid is defective, or if the clutch is worn out, the lawn mower blades will not engage. The PTO clutch is not repairable—if the clutch is defective, you must replace it.
Most lawn mower blades rotate in a clockwise direction (counter-clockwise when viewed from below), and as such have the cutting edge on the right side. If you are unsure of how your mower rotates, check the position of the discharge chute; if it is on the right side angled back, the blade turns clockwise.
A change to the mower safety standard, set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is in effect that prohibits a riding mower, manufactured after September 1, 2004, from mowing continually while the operator is shifting into reverse.
Safety concerns with mowing backwards

The dominant safety concern that results when you mow backwards is that visibility is greatly compromised. When mowing backwards, you have to alter your line of vision, and it is easy to step into a pothole, or worse, collide into a young child.

Mow Forward

Most importantly, walking backward could be a safety risk. If you trip and fall back for whatever reason, you may pull the mower onto yourself and get hurt. That`s why you should always mow in a forward direction unless you really need to maneuver away from something.

Grinding gears, starting and stopping during operation, and the wheels not rotating with the pulley are common signs that your mower`s transmission is breaking down.
Can you pull a self-propelled lawn mower backwards? Yes, you won`t cause any damage to the mower by pulling it backwards.
An unbalanced blade spinning that fast will cause a significant amount of vibration, which will put stress on yout blade shaft, spindle, and even the engine. So if you want to get the most life out of your mower… keep the blades balanced!
You might have contaminated gas in the mower. Drain out the old gas. Change the fuel filter. Get new gas, non-ethanol if possible.
Check the drive belt that is located just above the mower deck. Follow the belt as it wraps around the deck and to pulleys under the engine and the rear tires. Make sure the belt is secured to the pulleys, because if it is not, then the belt (and thus the mower) will not move. If the belt looks broken, replace it.
Jack placement varies, depending on whether you need to lift the mower`s front or back end. Generally, you lift a mower to change a tire, so place the jack as near to the tire as possible.
RevTEK™ Reverse Mowing Technology allows for mowing in forward or reverse until the operator leaves the riding lawn tractor, turns the key back to normal or turns off the engine. CLICK HERE for more information on this subject. RevTEK™ is a required safety feature on all new riding mowers.
Mow Forward

Although you should vary your mowing patterns, you should never mow backward. If you have a push mower with a power drive and try mowing backward without releasing the clutch, you could damage the mower.

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How do I speed up my Poulan 22″ Self Propelled Hi-Wheel Mower?
ANSWER : Verbally threaten to trade it in for a riding mower.

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Need to locate a diode for a Poulan Pro riding mower
ANSWER : It is on the engine side of the two wire plug going to the engine it will only be a slight bubble in the wires

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A belt guard broke off i need to know where it goes and if i could weld it on if not where cold i purchase one
ANSWER : SURE MAKE’EM CHEAP NOWADAYS .. I WOULD MYSELF WELD IT BACK ON OR RUN WITH OUT IT.. THERE IS SOOO MANY KINDS OF THESE , I HAVE HAD NO LUCK FINDING THE RIGHT ONE NEW..

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Engine stops after blade is engaged – Poulan Pro 46Inch 22 HP Yard Tractor with Briggs and Stratton Engine PB22H46YT
ANSWER : A faulty seat safety switch will cause this to happen.

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I have had a poulan pro 550 series push mower for almost 1 year at the end of the season last year the mower would start briefly and then stop. i have cleaned out the air filter and that did not help.the mower started, i made one revolution around the yard 3/4th of the way the mower quit. I then primed the mower it started then quit and now it will not start at all. Does anyone have any suggestions of what to do. Thanks
ANSWER : There is a little spring that works the carburetor arm. If that popped off then the mower will not run.

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Hard to shifet my poulan pro and wont go into reverse
ANSWER : Try loosening the belt tension to the transmission a little bit. Some of these are just stiff and you have to slip the clutch a little to rock them into gear.

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MY POULAN PRO 6.5 WONT START….nEED TO REPLACE SPARL PLUG BUT DO NOT KNOW ‘right one”..
ANSWER : Take the old plug out, any auto store should be able to match it up.

Gary

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What causes a Poulon Pro riding mower with a 19.5 HP Briggs to shut down after only running for about 15 minutes?
ANSWER : Will it start rite back up?
Check to see if you have a low oil sensor,
Sometimes the oil sensor wills me it shut off when it’s a little low on oil.

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