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How to Replace a Clutch Cable on a 42-Inch Riding Lawnmower

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

A riding lawn mower's clutch transfers power from the engine to the wheels and blades of the machine by connecting the drive train shafts inside the mower. The clutch allows your lawnmower to move and the blades in it to spin. The clutch cable on your riding mower controls the clutch as you use the mower. Luckily, replacing the clutch cable is a simple do-it-yourself repair on most riding mowers.

Put your mower in the lowest position and open the hood.

Lift up the retainer spring that holds the clutch cable to the adjustment bracket. Pull the cable out of the bracket.

Remove the clutch cable spring from the idler bracket. Pry the spring open with a pair of pliers if necessary.

Hook a new clutch cable spring over the idler bracket and squeeze it closed.

Slip the clutch cable under the retainer spring.


Things You Will Need

  • Pliers

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.