Problems With a Cub Cadet Riding Mower

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Problems With a Cub Cadet Riding Mower
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Cub Cadet riding mowers are equipped with professional-grade engines and premium cutting systems for years of service. The mowers are seldom affected with problems, and most problems are prevented with routine maintenance. Two styles of Cub Cadet riding mowers are available: lawn tractors for mowing up to three acres and garden tractors for mowing up to seven acres.

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Cranking Problems

Several minor problems can prevent your Cub Cadet riding mower from cranking (turning over). A weak or dead battery, corroded battery cables or a blown fuse can interfere with the cranking process. A loose ground wire from the engine to the mower frame or mounting bolt will also keep the mower from cranking. If you do not have your full weight on the seat so the safety button is completely depressed, the mower will not crank.

Starting Problems

If the throttle or choke control is not in the start position, your Cub Cadet riding mower will not start. A broken or dirty spark plug or a loose spark plug wire can prevent the engine from starting too. Other problems that affect the starting procedure are dirty fuel filters, blocked fuel lines and dirty air filters.

Other Mower Problems

Your Cub Cadet riding mower may smoke if the oil reservoir is overfilled or if the dipstick is broken or not seated properly. A defective engine breather can also cause the mower to smoke. Bent or damaged mower blades, pulleys or spindles can cause your riding mower to vibrate. Other causes of vibration are damaged belts and loose or missing engine mounting bolts. If your mower moves freely in forward or reverse but does not move freely in neutral, the neutral adjustment may be set wrong.

Mowing Problems

If your Cub Cadet mower leaves uncut strips, you may not overlap the cutting width enough when you are mowing. Other reasons for unevenly cut grass are worn or damaged blades, blades installed upside-down and an improperly adjusted deck. Dull or damaged blades can also affect the way the mower discharges, mulches or bags the cut grass. If the engine speed is too slow, the ground speed too fast or the grass too thick or wet, the mower will not discharge, mulch or bag efficiently. Your riding mower will not cut in reverse as a safety feature.

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