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Just looking for some probable causes. I had a problem with getting it started this week, so I had to push it out of the garage to work on it (selector was in neutral). Got it started, now the transmission won't engage when I move the selector to forward or reverse.

Checked under the seat. Gearbox is fine as the PTO spins up and the transmission belt is spinning. Prior to having the starting problem, I had no issues with forward or reverse. Is there a common problem that someone could point me to, something that having to push the mower may have disengaged? I'm hoping that having to move the tractor didn't damage the tranny.
 

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How far did you have to push it? Did you engage the relief valves to put it in free wheeling position? The two relief valves under the handle "A" when pushed down with the handle allow the fluid to bypass, making it easier to push. When you lift the handle to release the valves for normal operation, one or sometimes both of the valves have a tendency to stick in the down position. Some cautious use of needle nose pliers and some WD40 will often free them up to raise to the operating position. Check to make sure the handle is up and the valve tips are raised in the relief valves.

If the free wheeling handle was not depressed and you pushed it, you may have gotten some air into the system. Check you fluid level and if you add any, make sure to use the relief valve "E" to keep air out of the system.
 

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Thank you! I'm at work, but I'm certain you nailed it. The guy who was helping me work on the tractor this week fidgeted with that handle, and it's currently depressed. Barring something more sinister, I'm sure that's the issue.

Come to think about it, the mower was MUCH easier to push into the garage after we worked on it. I'm learning more and more about this beast every day.
 

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Once again, Simplelife, you've come through. Can't thank you enough.
Not a problem! As one who has received much help in various forums over the years, it is always a pleasure when you can help someone else, that's why we are all here. You have one great tractor in the 7116! :thThumbsU
 
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