This article will cover the process which you can follow to check if your self propel cable is correctly tensioned.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Checking the Self-Propel Cable is Correctly Tensioned
- Ensuring the start cable is correctly tensioned on Hawksmoor machines.
Self-propulsion can fail due to one or more of its component parts being affected:
- The clutch cable (slack or snapped).
- The drive belt (lost tension, or broken).
- The gearbox (broken or pulley worn out).
This trouble-shooter will go through each of these one by one.
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Let's firstly address the cable tension:
The self-propel drive cable goes from the levers on your handle down into the main-frame of your mower, hooking onto the gearbox. If the cable is not correctly tensioned, the system will not actuate.
Checking the Self-Propel Cable is Correctly Tensioned
Depending on the size of the mower, either:
- 8mm & 10 mm spanner
- 10mm & 12mm spanner
- If there is any more than 5-10mm play in the cable it will need to be tensioned. The self-propel drive cable is the lower cable which goes down into the housing of the mower and connects to the gearbox.
- In order to tension the cable, locate the silver barrel adjuster located halfway along the cable and loosen the locking nut at the top of the barrel.
- Turn the barrel adjuster until you have the desired 5 mm to 10 mm play in the cable.
- Once you have the desired tension, please screw down the locking nut.
- Fully tighten the locking nut and barrel using the 10mm and 11mm spanners.
The video below gives a visual representation of this procedure.