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Snapper Ride On Problem !

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mattymax, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. mattymax

    mattymax LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 160

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    Hey guys, just signed up and would like some help. Any help is appreciated.

    I have a fairly new Snapper Ride on mower. Its a 10hp lawn mower with the clutch and break in one pedal on the left...I dont know the model number, but Im pretty sure they all disengage and engage all the same within snapper brand....
    Ever since we purchased it, the mower has a specific thing it does. Its sort of grindes when you go to stop. Its so bad sometimes that it will kick you forward and you hear a clunk towards the rear of the mower.

    When we first got it, we had a place look at it, they adjusted it but its still did it. We lived with it. Recently the clutch wasnt engaging all that well, and we had the clutch replaced, and its doing it really bad now. I brought it to the place I had it done at, and he drove it around and said its normal to hear it "clunking" noise...

    Details on the Problem:
    When I stop and start with the pedal, and the clutch is inbetween engaging the entire mower with "Clunk" and jult foward. Its really strange. When you stop and say try and get close to a rock wall, the mower will "clunk" so bad, it will kick you into the wall sometimes. Its very strange. The repair guy said it was normal and happens with the clutch is in-between releasing and not.

    Any help on this would be great guys. Thanks

    -matt
     
  2. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,164

    First, Hi and welcome to Lawnsite:) Second, Run Forest Run! :laugh: sorry I could not help it since I just purchased the same unit for my father to replace his very old and tired John Deere S92. I can tell you that that is not normal at all the mower did take getting used to I have to admit but a loud clunking I have never heard. The Clutch/Brake Pedal does have to be depressed completely that we found out quickly but at high rpms and in 4th or 5th gear it will snap you back if you let that pedal up to fast but No strange noises. I would not settle for thats normal go back to the dealer and tell him you want to return the mower if the issue can't be fixed and you will purchase another brand from another dealer this will usually get things taken care of for you. Hope this helps:)
     
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,024

    Hey Guys, If you check in your operators manual it states to always take of in first gear then shift into higher gears on the fly (clutch pedal out).
    Taking off in a higher gear WILL cause all kinds of racket and jerking, These units even though they have a so called smooth clutch system still needs to be engaged in a lower gear (1st). Taking off in a higher gear will cause premature wear and cracks in the rubber drive disc which leads to slippage.
    When you get close to a obstacle just pull the shifter back to first gear, When clear push the shifter back up to higher gears.
    I bought mine some 8 yrs. ago for mowing a small area where I can't get the unit in my avatar between the trees, It still has the original drive disc in good shape.
    As for the grinding noise yes they do make that noise if the clutch is pushed in quickly while in a high gear at high RPM's, The brake is nothing more than a metal pad being applied to the inside of the drive disc hub, Metal to metal braking will make noise but can be reduced if shifted to a lower speed before braking.

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  4. Jim@MilkyWay

    Jim@MilkyWay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 472

    Welcome mattymax; glad to have you on-board.
    I would _not_ put that mower into service actually cutting grass if It were mine. You get that dern thing dusty and it's goina' look like crap!
    Hope you can take a little fun along with your advise.
    It is really refreshing to see that folks out there keep their equipment up, especially when posting pics for us to eyeball.
    From my experience here, I think RestroRob has been a mechanic on this stuff for _months_ now and you can usually take it to the bank if he say's it.
     
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,024


    Thanks Jim, BUT it's _Technician_ and _Years_ :hammerhead: :laugh:

    We were a Snapper Dealer for years and I do know them as well as you know your _electrical stuff_ payup
     
  6. Jim@MilkyWay

    Jim@MilkyWay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 472

    "MASTER" technician!:cool2:
     
  7. mattymax

    mattymax LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 160

    Thanks for all your help guys. The guy that just replaced the clutch said its "completely normal" and the funny thing is, it only really occurs when the clutch disc heats up----about 10 min worth of mowing.

    BTW: thats not my pic. I got that off of ebay, but thats my exact mower

    -matt
     
  8. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,164

    I was so used to that old JD with the Peerless trans that the first time I got on the snapper. I just set it to 4th and WOW! I have'nt done that since :) My dad really likes this mower give a great cut:clapping:
     
  9. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    thats a real high tech drive on those snappers, isnt it? they use the same system on the walk behind mowers.
     
  10. FIXDISS

    FIXDISS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 445

    If you do have the owners manual there is a specific adjustment procedure for each style whether you have the standard or smooth start clutch. I don't have my manual to give you the procedure but there is a spring that controls the tension on the plate that lowers the drive wheel onto the drive plate/less tension on spring the smoother the take off but too little tension will cause chattering and slippage. When adjusted properly you test it by putting selector in 5Th gear and release pedal. The front wheels will come off the ground just slightly. You also should be able to position mower against a stationary object and slowly release clutch just enough to get both drive wheels to break traction. Hope this helps.
     

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