Gravely Transmission Problem

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by seaesprit, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. seaesprit

    seaesprit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I was mowing in a field - yes I know - don't even go there- but my mower got stuck. It is a Gravely Promaster 18-H (300 Series) with a Eaton 851 Transmission. I pulled the lever you are suppost to to pull it out. But somehow as I was pulling the mower the lever got pushed back. Now it will not go. If I really give it gas it will just start to creep.......... Belts are good, fluid is good all normal stuff to check is okay. Dealer told me it was an o ring but he doesn't work on the transmission....... hummmm makes me wonder if I really did a good thing buying this mower BUT I love this mower - since this has happened I have been using a Cub Cadet my hubby wanted really bad and I hate it. PTO cuts off ALL the time since I don't weigh enough for the little safety swithches. Please tell me where to start on my Gravely transmission. I have the illustrated parts list.... but the o rings seem to only seal fittings. I know I can do this - just get me started.
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Good thing he doesn't, The only O-rings on the dump valve assembly are #'s 22 and 25 that seal the outer retainer nut #21 and the shaft going through the retainer nut.

    I would suggest checking the pulley key in case that got sheared. Then make sure the dump valve lever (shaft) moves freely and is closed all the way. I have seen these shafts get stuck in the retainer nut #21 from non-use therefore not closing all the way.

    You may also try dumping the valve (open it) all the way then start the unit, Work the pedal forward and reverse a few times this will flow fluid past the valve seat then re-close. There could be some debri inside causing the valve not to seat.

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