Replacing your lawn mower brakes can be easy with the right instructions. Your power lawn mower is a great labor saving device to maintain the look and health of your lawn. From time to time it needs servicing and there are many things that you can do yourself. Here you will learn how to replace your lawn mower brakes.
Begin by draining the oil from the crank case of your mower. This is necessary to remove the transaxle which is the next step. Now you have to remove the front cover. Find the brake adjusting screw in the gear reduction housing. Remove it, the pivot pin, the brake lever and the push rod and ball. With the cover off, extract the larger reduction gear and the sliding brake pad cylinder. Remove the old brake pads and then thoroughly clean the counterbores. This is where the new pads will be fitted. Then proceed to cement the pads into place. Press them in firmly and make sure to clean off any residual cement. Make sure the pads are thoroughly clean of any dust or debris. Now just reinstall all of the parts that you removed in reverse order.
When working on brakes it is a good idea to wear a mouth mask to prevent from inhaling brake dust which might contain asbestos. Also be sure to follow all instructions in your owner's manual as each lawn mower might have a peculiarity that will add a step or two to the process. When you are finished with your brake installation and have completely checked to make sure everything has been properly reassembled and bolted down, start your mower and drive it slowly and apply the brakes to make sure they are working properly. If the mower pulls to the left or right when you brake, open it up again and make sure the pads are properly installed.