How to adjust the neutral control on a zero-turn riding mower
This step-by-step repair guide gives instructions for adjusting a zero-turn riding mower’s neutral control. If your zero-turn riding mower creeps forward or backward when both lap bars are in the neutral position, adjust the neutral control following the instruction in this repair guide. See all our riding mower and lawn tractor DIY repair guides for more step-by-step instructions.
Use this process to adjust the neutral control on common Craftsman, Husqvarna, Troybilt, MTD, Cub Cadet and Toro zero-turn riding mowers.
This video explains how to adjust the neutral control on a zero-turn riding mower.
Loosen the lug nuts on both rear wheels
Move the mower to a work area on a hard, level surface. Don’t set the parking brake.
Loosen the lug nuts on both rear wheels, but don’t remove them.
PHOTO: Loosen the lug nuts.
Jack up the rear
Place wheel chocks in front of and behind both front castor wheels.
Jack up the back of the mower to raise both rear wheels off the ground.
Place jack stands under both sides of the rear frame to support the mower.
PHOTO: Chock the front wheels.
PHOTO: Jack up the mower.
Remove both rear wheels
Remove the lug nuts from the rear wheels and pull off both rear wheels.
PHOTO: Remove the lug nuts.
PHOTO: Remove the wheels.
Start the engine
Place both lap bars in the neutral position.
Pushing the bars outward to lock them in position.
Start the engine and set the throttle to full RPM.
Adjust the neutral setting
Check which wheel hub is moving.
On the side that moves, remove the linkage mounting screw and pull the control linkage off of the bracket.
Loosen the neutral adjustment screw.
Adjust the control bracket to stop the wheel hub from moving.
Tighten the neutral adjustment screw.
Shut the engine off.
Reconnect the control linkage.
PHOTO: Remove the linkage.
Reinstall the rear wheels
Reinstall the rear wheels on the hubs. Reinstall the lug nuts and finger tighten them.
PHOTO: Reinstall the rear wheels.
Lower the mower
Jack up the back of the mower and remove the jack stands.
Lower the rear of the mower to the ground.
Remove the front wheel chocks.
Tighten the lug nuts
Set the parking brake and firmly tighten the rear wheel lug nuts.
PHOTO: Tighten the lug nuts.
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