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Old 09-27-2012, 12:22 PM
KrD265 KrD265 is offline
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Honda HRX217HYA

This mower has a problem with the rear wheels locking up. They go fine forward, but when I try to pull the mower in reverse the rear wheels are locked and won't turn freely. I have taken it to my dealer previously and they weren't very helpful, charged me $30 to "oil" them and they worked fine for about 4 days. Now I'm back to the same issue. Any thing I can do to fix this very annoying issue? Thanks for any help!
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:50 PM
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Get me the serial number off the back of the mower deck (it's in the form of MXXX-1234567) and I'll look up some service materials for you.

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Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding was my opinion alone.
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Old 09-27-2012, 03:15 PM
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Thanks Robert, I'll have to get that for you when I get home. For the record, the mower is only 4, maybe 5 months old.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:52 PM
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Your issue is in the ratchet key/spring area.....





Remove the rear wheel then "E" clip #17 and washer #18, Carefully slide gear #1 off the transaxle shaft. The key and spring may drop out of the shaft so have a parts pan or something under it so not to loose them.

Clean all the oil and dirt out of the shaft slot and off the gear-spring and key, Your dealer should have known better than to use oil in this area.

Get a tube of powder graphite from your local hardware store and put a little in the shaft slot then on the spring-key and on the inside of the gear, Re-assemble and you should be good to go.

Never use any lubricant that will attract sand, All it will do is cause sticking and premature wear......
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:06 AM
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Thanks AGAIN to Restorob - I have this same issue, or I did.....
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:19 PM
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What Restrorob said, ...

But, I would add one note on procedure. Do the work on a clean, smooth surface, not in the gravel, grass, or other such place. The parts are small, and some have a spring-load to them when removed (e.g. #17). Also, the spring beneath the key is subject to "leaving the scene to places unknown."

If one of these little parts does "leave the scene," finding them on the clean, smooth surface is much easier.

... been there, done that!
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:01 AM
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I have the same problem. I have tried to follow the procedure and have cleanup the gear put the graphite powder. Unfortunately, the problem still exists.
Any ideas? your help is much appreciate it.

Note: might be the gearbox??
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:08 AM
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Found the problem myself. Unfortunately, Honda Rep didnt help me at all.

Not good Honda for your after sales customer service.
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I have a Honda hrx and have the same problem with the wheel locking. Now it developed another problem. The right gear keeps grinding when going forward and striping. I replaced it twice now. Dealer wants $90 just to look at it . Can anyone help me out?
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:59 AM
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I have a Honda hrx and have the same problem with the wheel locking. Now it developed another problem. The right gear keeps grinding when going forward and striping. I replaced it twice now. Dealer wants $90 just to look at it . Can anyone help me out?
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Is your HRX still under warranty? PM me with the serial number "MAGA-1234567" and I can tell you. Keep in mind, the warranty covers factory defects only.

If your dealer is charging you $90 just to inspect the mower, I'd try another dealer. It is the most busy time of the year for mower service shops, so be aware there may be a wait.

If you are out of warranty, and want to DIY, again, get me the serial number and I can post some troubleshooting and images that might help. Here is a typical rear wheel assy for the HRX.



Tear down in a clean area; lots of small parts to lose! Need some snap-ring (circlip) pliers, do one side at time, watch orientation of the pinion gear. Clean and inspect all parts, replace worn or damaged bits, use general-purpose wheel bearing grease (just a tiny bit) where indicated.

New parts are available from any Honda dealer; have your serial number when shopping. Lots of dealers sell parts online, but your local one may be less net cost and faster. Here's a link to find one:
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