Replacing the Drive Cable on a Lawn Mower



This video from Sears PartsDirect shows how to replace a drive cable on a lawn mower. The drive cable connects the handle drive control lever to the transmission and engages the transmission to move the mower when you pull the drive lever up. Replace the drive cable if it’s broken or frozen up inside the sheath and your lawn mower won’t move.

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Transcript:
The drive cable connects the handle drive control lever to the transmission and engages the transmission to move the mower when you pull the drive lever up. Replace the drive cable if it’s broken or frozen up inside the sheath and your lawn mower won’t move. Let the engine cool. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Now, let’s get started. Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug. Pivot the cable clip up and release it from the mower handle. Release the zone control cable from the bail control bar. Release the drive cable from the drive control lever. Depress the release tabs and pull the zone control cable out of the drive cable clip. Cut the cable ties that secure the cables to the mower handle. Remove the fuel tank cap. Place a plastic sandwich bag over the fuel tank opening and reinstall the fuel tank cap to prevent gasoline from leaking out through the fuel cap vent. Tilt the mower back to lift the front wheels then secure the mower handle to your worktable to hold the mower steady as you remove bottom-mounting screws. Remove the bottom drive cover mounting screws. Release the mower handle from the worktable and carefully lower the mower to the upright position. Remove the top drive cover mounting screws. Release the height adjuster lever and pull the drive cover off. Remove the drive cable end from the anchor post. Depress the release tabs and pull the drive cable sheath out of the transmission lever. Remove the drive cable. Attach the drive cable end to the anchor post. Pull the drive cable sheath into the transmission lever. Put the drive cover in position on the mower and re-engage the height adjuster lever. Reinstall the drive cover’s top-mounting screws. Tilt the mower back to lift the front wheels then secure the mower handle to your worktable. Reinstall the drive cover’s bottom-mounting screws. Release the mower handle from the worktable and tilt the mower upright. Remove the plastic bag from the fuel tank opening and reinstall the fuel tank cap. Route the drive cable around the right side of the engine and connect the zone control cable to the drive cable clip. Reconnect the zone control cable to the bail control bar. Connect the drive cable to the drive control lever. Snap the drive cable clip back into the mower handle. Install new cable ties to hold the cables against the mower handle. Trim the ends of the cable ties. Reconnect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.

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5 thoughts on “Replacing the Drive Cable on a Lawn Mower

  1. These cables wear out faster then people think. So do the drive belts. If it starts slipping its time to hit the work bench….

  2. Excellent explanation but it's not for my mower. I entered the correct part number for the mower and it brought up the correct picture of the cable but the video is all wrong. None of the suggested solutions in the set of offers is the correct one. How do I get the right one for Model # 944.362120

  3. Perfect, thank you for the precise directions. I forgot to anchor the drive cable when installing the new cable!! You're video reminded me to do that! Although, I have a complaint about the plastic piece that broke causing me to have to replace the drive cable. It's the plastic nub that goes into the mower handle. I barely bumped the handle on a wooden playset, and it snapped! Seems pretty cheaply made, I would think a metal pin or bolt and nut would last longer. Just a thought.

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