Lawn mower won't move forward or backward, running out of options
I have a Craftsman LTS 1500 I’m trying to fix.
It came with the house my friend bought, wasn’t running (except for a jump start) and I was in the mood for a little project anyway.
So I got the engine to run, replaced the battery, replaced the spark plug, did an oil change and added fresh fuel.
It ran for a little bit and after taking it for a spin, nearing the end of mowing the lawn it stopped moving.
The engine still runs and it fires up great, however it won’t move when I put it in gear, and the engine dies whenever I release the clutch.
My first instinct was the drive belt, it looked a little worn so I replaced it.. nothing. After that I figured it could be the pulley, which also looked worn and too smooth to provide any grip for the belt and so I replaced that too.. again nothing.
Couldn’t find anything on YouTube on this issue so figured I’d try here.
I’m not that experienced with engines, but I’m willing to learn, and this little lawnmower seemed like a good place to start.
This is about the extent of my knowledge, so I’d really appreciate any advice.
Thanks a lot!