DIY front-engine riding mower & tractor repair

Get the troubleshooting and repair help you need when your front-engine lawn tractor won't start, cuts unevenly or won't move. Click on the symptom below that matches your symptom to find out what's wrong with your mower. Then use our step-by-step repair guides to replace the broken parts.

Troubleshooting an ignition problem? Our comprehensive videos, including what to check when you turn the key and don't hear anything from your mower, can help you figure out the problem. Our articles and videos page also has answers to commonly asked questions and maintenance tips like how to tune up an engine, jump-start a battery orchange a tire.

To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your front-engine riding mower, search for your model number.

Front-Engine Lawn Tractors
Repair guides for front-engine lawn tractors

How to replace a blade clutch cable on a riding lawn mower

If the blades don't spin on your riding mower when you shift the lever, the blade clutch cable could be broken. Here’s how to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a ground drive belt on a riding lawn mower

Replace the ground drive belt if it's broken or too worn to spin the transaxle pulley.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace the brake interlock switch on a riding lawn mower

If the engine won’t start even though the brake is on, the brake interlock switch could be at fault. Here’s how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
January 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a riding lawn mower front tire

Get your mower moving again by using these instructions when replacing a damaged front tire.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
How to replace a riding lawn mower blade drive belt

Replace the blade drive belt if it's broken or won't spin the cutting blades because of wear.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less