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    Parking brake lever

    Hi guys! Iíve been having trouble with the parking brake lever being really hard to move (1025r). It engages easier than disengaging. I assume it just needs some lube somewhere... Guessing I have to take the front cowl off and spray superlube in the joints? Any other thoughts?

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    Sorry... the reverse... it engages HARDER than disengaging.

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    You can access the linkage from underneath. Don't believe you can through the cowel trim. I'd investigate it first for binding. I never sprayed anything on mine as I didn't want it to attract dirt. That would cause more problems than good. FWIW, mine is 'firm' when engaging and less when disengaging. Not too difficult, but firm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylew View Post
    You can access the linkage from underneath. Don't believe you can through the cowel trim. I'd investigate it first for binding. I never sprayed anything on mine as I didn't want it to attract dirt. That would cause more problems than good. FWIW, mine is 'firm' when engaging and less when disengaging. Not too difficult, but firm.
    Thanks, kylew. Good point about lube attracting dirt. I'll check the linkage underneath this weekend.

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    I sprayed the outside of the handle with either WD40 or Fluid Film. Made it slide a lot easier.
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    When I bought my tractor used, the parking brake was so stiff that I thought it was broken. However, I sprayed some lube on it from the bottom side and it freed right up. I didnít have to remove anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    I sprayed the outside of the handle with either WD40 or Fluid Film. Made it slide a lot easier.
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    Mine was quite tough to engage when it was new, so much that I didn't want to use it. Now after a year of use, it's harder to engage, but not too hard, and easier to dis-engage. I guess it needed breaking in?
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    I utilize silicon spray on items that I'm concerned about dirt clinging to. I've never had an issue with the Fwd/Rev lever on either of my 1025Rs. The arear that gets lubed with the silicone spray is the mower deck height knob linkage. It really makes a difference!
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    Thanks, guys! I'll try your suggestions and report back.

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