Toro 22" Recycler rear wheel drive problem

Discussion in 'Non-Automotive Stuff' started by Clark, May 6, 2022.

  1. Clark

    Clark In Maximum Overdrive

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    Anyone familiar with this mower? I picked this one up for free off the curb, don't need it, and hoped fix it up either to resell or give to charity.

    Looks like the mower set for a long time full of ethanol gas - ugh. A new ($22) carb, oil change, and blade sharpened has it running fine. All looked great except that the self-propel did not work.

    Removing the rear drive wheels revealed that the aluminum woodruff keys for the axle-to-wheel drive gears were powdered. I got a new drive gear set ($18) off Amazon but have had to guess how to reassemble.

    Now I cannot easily push the mower around and there is a ratcheting sound out of the drive wheels. Once running, the mower will sort of propel itself around.

    I thought I put those drive gears on correctly, my best guess, but will try flipping them over. 'Course I think this rear wheel drive system is one horrible design.

    Again, any one else fight one of these.
     
  2. sportscape

    sportscape In Second Gear

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    It should click when pulled backwards. If it's clicking while pushing you probably put the gears on wrong.
     
  3. Clark

    Clark In Maximum Overdrive

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    Got it. Thanks sportscape.
     
  4. Clark

    Clark In Maximum Overdrive

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    Finally got it right. This stupid design comes with aluminum woodruff keys which easily disintegrate. Took me forever to get steel replacements - 3 mm x 5 mm woodruff keys. Apparently some Honda used those keys for the alternator pulley BUT I didn't know which Hondo. Now back on Craigslist.
     
  5. Clark

    Clark In Maximum Overdrive

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    Ah ha. Sold that sucker!
     

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