Sorry for being AWOL here, and was glad to see some dialog ensuing sans me.
In any event, an update.
Member ZTT42 sent me a private message which included a link to a Large-Frame Garden Tractcors - Service & Repair Manual
and his/her (I presume male, but....) recommendation of where in the manual to start my search.
So today I got looking at it and saw really simple-to-follow directions for various drive train- and brake-related adjustments.
There were basically three, all of which I did do. The longest part of the whole thing was locating my tools...lol.
Anyway, after making all three adjustments, I took her to the base of the hill, put her in gear and throttled it. And...she didn't make it up in 2nd gear...she made it in 3RD GEAR!!!
Well, to say I was pleased would be a colossal understatement. But I had to see if it was a fluke. So, I started a second run when...she died. Just...died. Now this was going downhill...not uphill.
So, yeah. She's sitting peacefully on the downhill slope, awaiting my next "AHA!" moment in the ongoing saga of my dear 401S. But she DID make it up the hill in 3rd gear WITH the mower running. So I am as pleased with that post-adjustments performance as I am disappointed that we have yet another issue.
For what it's worth, I 1) made sure the fuel tank had fuel (it did), 2) ensured that fuel was making it to the filter (it was) and 3) took the fuel filter off my 416S and put in my 410S (didn't help). So, although I haven't ensured that fuel is making it past the fuel filter
, I will start a new thread on this topic.
Anyway, a huge "thank you" to everyone who helped me.
Well, onward and upward! See ya on the next thread. (Or not.