Performing regular maintenance on your Snapper mower is in keeping with any warranties that you have. Regular maintenance also ensures that your mower is running properly at all times. Check belts, oil and fuel before and after each use and at the beginning of each mowing season. The clutch brake on a Snapper mower should be checked periodically to ensure that it is properly adjusted. If it is not adjusted correctly you will have problems shifting gears and stopping the mower.
Park your Snapper mower on a level surface. Disengage the blades and place the mower in park. Remove the spark plug wire and place the wire so that it will not touch the spark plug.
Place bricks behind the tires to prevent the mower from rolling. Disengage or release the parking brake.
Measure the height of the clutch rod spring between the insides of the washer. It should measure between 1 3/16 inches and 1 5/16 inches for hydro models and 2 to 2 1/8 inches for gear models. Loosen the nut on top to extend the spring, tighten to shorten it. To locate the clutch rod spring follow the rod that extends from the clutch/brake pedal.
Pull the brake rod forward. The brake rod needs to be as far forward as possible. Adjust the brake rod nut so that the gap between the back of the nut and the guide the rod is inserted into is 3/8 inch. Tighten or loosen the nut as necessary.