DIY rear-engine riding mower repair

Our rear-engine riding mower troubleshooting covers large zero-turn tractors and small single-blade riding mowers. We offer troubleshooting tips for zero-turn mowers that creep in neutral, don't cut grass evenly and won't start. For small single-blade riding mowers, you'll find troubleshooting tips for loose steering and a rough running engine.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to replace broken parts such as blade or deck belts in our DIY repair guides. Find out how to keep grass clippings from sticking to your mower deck, maintain your mower or check the safety interlock circuits on a zero-turn mower on our rear-engine articles and videos page. To find the owner’s manual or a complete list of replacement parts for your rear-engine riding mower, search for your model number.

Rear-Engine Riding Mowers
Repair guides for rear-engine riding mowers

How to replace the electric clutch on a zero-turn riding mower

The electric clutch mounts on the engine crankshaft and controls the cutting blades. This step-by-step guide explains how to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace the blade belt on a zero-turn riding mower

A worn or broken blade belt on a zero-turn riding mower prevents the mower blades from working. Here’s how to replace the blade belt.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace the ground drive belt on a zero-turn riding mower

The ground drive belt connects the engine crankshaft to the transmission pulleys to drive the rear wheels.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 90 minutes or less
How to adjust the neutral control on a zero-turn riding mower

Adjust the neutral control if your zero-turn riding mower creeps forward or backward while both steering lap bars are in the neutral position.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace a cutting blade on a zero-turn riding mower

Replace a bent or dull cutting blade in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to remove the mower deck on a zero-turn riding mower

Follow the steps in this guide to remove the mower deck for cleaning or inspection.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
Articles and videos for rear-engine riding mowers

February 1, 2015
How to check the safety interlock circuits on a zero-turn lawn tractor
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to check the safety interlock circuits on a zero-turn mower.

February 1, 2015
When to maintain a zero-turn lawn tractor
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn what you can do to keep your zero-turn lawn tractor cutting well.