self drive common faults

By the end of this video you'll understand common self drive problems and how to fix them.

The video walks you through the process step by step, from adjusting drive control cable to replacing a drive belt.

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You’ll find useful resources on this page, tips, links to tools, parts and supplies required to complete your repair.

Self drive mowers are a life saver, my lawn is hilly and I there’s no way I could push a mower over it twice or even once a week.

Even a self drive mower that’s not working at full capacity can be tiring, your constantly pushing, making up for the lack of Oumph.

This video is dedicated to fixing all those self drive issues, from no self drive to drive, but annoyingly slow, you know what I mean.

Before working on your mower be sure to remove the plug wire to prevent accidental starting, see “Repair Safety Video”.

Tools & Parts

To nail this procedure you may need the following tools, parts and supplies.


WD40

This is first on the list for good reason, Wd solves a ton of problems. I won't work without it, because I can't. Picture links to Amazon.com

Ratchet Tool Set

Before we can do anything, we'll need tools. I've selected this set as I own some Craftsman tools and while I have worn some out, they did do a lot of work. So I expect this set will last the occasional user quite a long time.

This set carries both metric and standard sockets and that's important, because some mowers will have both type of fastener sizes. Set includes spark plug sockets. Picture links to Amazon.com


Impact Wrench

I love DeWalt, they're make quality tools. This heavy duty but lightweight 1/2 inch impact wrench makes short work of stubborn bolts like flywheel nuts and rusty blade fasteners. Upto 700 ft lbs of torque on tap, I keep one in the trunk of our family car, makes a flat almost enjoyable. Picture links to Amazon.com

Drill/Screw Gun

I use a Dewalt screw gun (also a drill) in the workshop to speed up the process of removing engine covers, carburetor bolts, Armature bolts etc. It's a brushless motor and as tough as nails, I driven over it a few times - still works great! Batteries are interchangeable and so if you have a Dewalt product already you won't need the battery. Picture links to Amazon.com

Drive Belt

Original Honda drive v belt, be sure to check the listed model numbers as belt length and width is mission critical. Picture links to Amazon.com

Drive control cable

Original Honda drive cable, fitted between the bail lever and transmission. Cables come in many styles and cable end fittings vary a lot, don't order without a model or part number. Picture links to Amazon.com

Blade Stop

You'll find this tool useful, it locks the blade preventing it from turning while loosening or tightening, you can use a block of wood but this tool is so much easier. Picture links to Amazon.com

Torque Wrench

Teng 1/2 Torque wrench, fantastic tool I use it every day and mine is still going strong. A torque wrench is advised for tightening components such as flywheel nuts and blades. The torque spec of these components is very important. Picture links to Amazon.com

If you are considering buying a torque wrench, definitely check out my review of Teng torque wrench.

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John Cunningham is an Automotive Technician and writer on Lawnmowerfixed.com. I've been a mechanic for over twenty years, I use my knowledge and experience to write "How to" articles that help fellow gear-heads with all aspects of mechanical repairs, from lawn mowers to classic cars.