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I've got the above Ariens machine that the shift lever moves easily through the four forward gears, yet when squeezing the clutch handle, it's difficult to get it into neutral and/or reverse. I'm guessing I've got some wear in one of the bushings inside the case that causing some binding.

Any suggestions of where to focus my attention? If I have to tear into the gear box, I might as well replace the drive disc, and we all know how much fun (and clean) that is! :sad2:

Thanks for your suggestions.
 

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there is a shaft supporting the friction disc assembly that is easily accessible without pulling anything apart. with the blower tilted up in the air look for the rod with the cotter pin through it and pull out the rod. soak it in some solvent to remove old grease(old gas works great!) then steel wool it, lube it with white lithium grease and reinstall. i just had this issue with one of my ariens and that fixed it. you dont have to rip apart the whole transmission. ill try to get pics in the morning to give you a better idea
 

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Gsnod, I once used one that was Sticky Going into Reverse. I found a Light Squeeze/Double Clutch while shifting into Reverse Worked. +1 to 43128 on cleaning off the Old Grease. Also, make sure the shifter is Oiled up.
 

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Thanks 43128 and Jackmels;

I'll give these two suggestions a try. However, I may have miscommunication....it definately feels like the linkage is binding up with trying to shift into Neutral or Reverse. Shifting into any of the forward gears when pressing the left hand clutch lever is fine....moving into N or R when depressing the clutch handle is where the problem lies.

Based upon your experience, do ya think I should be looking for wear in any of the internal bushings?
 

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Gsnod, Try adjusting the Friction wheel out some more. There is a Tab Behind the Friction wheel which "Holds" it off the Drive Plate when in neutral. Sounds like The Assembly is not Clearing the tab. Also, check the rod on the rt side of the chassis. It is behind and below the axle. The hole sometimes wears, and affects the positioning of the Assembly, so the friction wheel cannot be adjusted correctly. I've welded shims in to correct oblong holes.
 

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43128 and Jackmels;

Thanks for the tips. I was able to pull the support rod out that 43128 mentioned, and it was pretty dry in there, so I lubed it up and put it back. Then I worked on adjusting the drive disc and that took care of the problem. So, another machine ready to go and soon to be posted on Craigslist for sale!

Thanks guys!
 
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