Riding Lawn Mower Brakes Don’t Work

The brakes on a riding lawn mower are almost in two categories. We often use the transmission as a brake to slow us down or allow us to slowly let us down a hill. The go pedal or the handle for our hydrostatic transmission does a lot of work to keep the lawn mower under control.

On the other hand, the brake pedal is to bring us to a stop quickly or to hold the lawn mower and keep it from rolling.

The riding lawn mower brake is often a small disc brake that is mounted on the transmission. When you depress the brake pedal, it pushes a small brake pad against the disc to stop the transmission from rotating.

This type of brake has a few problems if not property maintained. One problem is that they almost never get adjusted as the brake pad is wearing out. So you must push the pedal down further as the brake pad wears out.

Another problem is that grass clippings, mud and twigs can get thrown up in the brake and cause it to stop working.

Lastly, a fluid leak in the transmission can cause the brake pad to get wet and lose its friction ability on the brake disc and not allow the disc to stop rotating.

Check all these items out carefully and make the repairs necessary to resolve your riding lawn mowers brake problem.

Riding Lawn Mower Brakes Not Working

If your riding lawn mower has some years on it, your brakes may be wearing out. Most riding lawn mower brakes are a very small brake disc and a brake pad.

This system can be prone to getting clogged up with dirt and grass debris. Normally cleaning this debris out will fix the brake problem. If it does not, you will need to adjust the brakes.

There is a small gap in the brake pad holder that will allow you to see if the pad is worn out. If it is, find a replacement brake pad and remove the nut that holds the brake arm in place and replace it. Carefully clean out the area that holds the pad with compressed air.

To adjust the brakes, it is normally just turning the nut in and out. Turning it in makes the brakes firmer and will grab quicker. If you are mowing on hills, your brakes will wear out quicker and the pad may need to be replaced more often.

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With a good brake system your riding lawn mower will work better and result in a better maintained yard.