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Clutch Actuator Swivels Around the Handle (Honda HRR216K10VKAA)
I know..nice trick. This past week, I found that the drive stopped responding to the actuator. a .4 acre lawn with a slope is a hard row to hoe. Desperate for an easy quick solution, I took the actuator apart. Or started to. Then I panicked because there was no quick access to the cable. I pushed the mower through the lawn, this isn't a long-term solution.
This week, I watched the RepairClick video on clutch cable replacement. I took the cover off underneath, and found the cable break at the attachment to the transmission arm. I purchased the parts and installed the new cable. Unfortunately, after assembly, the actuator still swivels and the cable doesn't pull the belt tight. The RepairClick video helpfully recommends that, after assembly, you check to be sure that the belt is tensioned. Sadly, it doesn't say what to do if it doesn't tension. I've taken the actuator apart and reassembled it three times and was seriously frustrated at the lack of result. What's hard is that I can't see what is happening inside.
I can't see a reason for the swiveling. In taking the actuator apart, I was concerned to ensure that the pin sat properly in the groves. I didn't check to be sure the cable didn't come free of the actuator (the black plastic piece it fits into), but I don't see how it could have come free. Any ideas about what is going on with this? What keeps the actuator in from swiveling?
I didn't zip tie the cable to the handle, does that matter (definitely grasping at straws)? Anyone with familiarity with this actuator assembly?
Last edited by WhidbeyTomas; 03-27-2020 at 03:01 PM.