2022 Cub Cadet® Zero-Turn Mowers ZT1 54. Cub cadet zero turn mower problems

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Complex Cub Cadet RZT 50 Problems

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The Cub Cadet lawnmowers have revolutionized gardening and maintenance activities with their zero-turn technology. The RTZ in Cub Cadet stands for Residential Zero Turn Rider which comes with more robust and durable features making navigation as well as rough terrain easier to handle.

However, like every other machine, the Cub Cadet RTZ 50 has its own set of drawbacks.

Along with common problems like grass-cutting issues and engine problems, there are also problems like transmission issues and with the PTO switch.

Let us have a look at the Cub Cadet RTZ 50 problems in detail.

Cub Cadet RZT 50 Problems

Problem 1: Fuel Issues

If the fuel dips below a certain level, then it may be insufficient for ignition and the engine may refuse to start. A similar thing may occur when the machine is on a slope and the fuel does not reach the carburetor priming line.

Solution: Make sure the fuel is up to a sufficient level and the machine is on a flat surface before starting the engine.

Problem 2: Clogging of the fuel system

When the gasoline is older than 30 days, it degrades and releases debris which clogs the system.

Solution: Use fresh gasoline and refill from time to time.

Problem 3: Starting position

The machine does not start if the panel controls are not properly configured when the engine is turned on.

Solution: The user must set the throttle control between ‘slow’ and ‘Rapid’. If the engine hasn’t previously warmed up, then the choke control must be taken to full choke setting.

Problem 4: Battery issues and dead battery

Check if the battery is fully charged or if the battery is corroded.

Solution: Check the user’s manual for average battery life and if it is past that period, it is time to replace the battery. In case the battery wires are corroded, scrub them using a sharp wire brush and baking soda.

Problem 5: PTO Switch problems

The PTO switch might struggle to move the blades sometimes. The switch might be faulty or the connections may be loose.

Solution: The best thing to do is to get a new PTO switch. Consultation with a mechanic can be beneficial in solving this problem.

Problem 6: Transmission issue/Mower transmission stops working

This is a rare occurrence found in the RZT 50 mower. When the temperature of the device exceeds a certain limit, the hydraulic liquid inside it starts to boil and this results in a drop in hydraulic pressure, thus decreasing efficiency.

Problem 7: Uneven Grass Cutting

Solution: Side-to-side deck modification is done to level the mowing deck. If the cutting is still uneven, then the blades are changed. It must also be ensured that all tires have the same pressure otherwise the cutting will be uneven.

Problem 8: Engine Problems

Solution: Turn the PTO switch to the ‘Off’ position and apply the parking brakes. Turn the drive-control levers to the normal position. Make sure that there is a proper connection to the spark plug.

Problem 9: Engine and Motor Overheating

Solution: Check the correct amount and weight of the fuel used. Grass trimmings should be kept away from the cooling system on the ship.

In order to avoid engine idling, make sure the spark plug is set at the right distance.


Given its size and price range, the Cub Cadet RZT 50 is a very handy and user-friendly tool. Many people complain about steering problems, We will make a new post on this comment below.

But it also comes with its cons like engine, battery, overheating, and others. Being a compact and durable machine, it is also difficult to attach a high-power engine to the device. If you want to buy this solely for the purpose of farming, then it is an excellent grass-cutting choice. Otherwise, there are better choices in the same age group who have not been called up.

I love the smell of soil and I drove a tractor almost as soon as I could reach the pedals. Sharing some information and knowledge that I have about the powerful machine.

Clear the mower deck of debris.

The mower’s deck prevents grass clippings from showering into the air like confetti, but it also creates a place for them to collect. Grass clippings can clog the mower deck, especially while mowing a wet lawn, preventing the blade from turning.

If the starter rope seems stuck or is difficult to pull, then it’s probably due to a clogged deck. With the mower safely turned off, tip it over onto its side and examine the underbelly. If there are large clumps of cut grass caught between the blade and deck, use a trowel to scrape these clippings free. When the deck is clean again, set the mower back on its feet and start it up.

Clear the vent in the lawn mower fuel cap.

The mower started just fine, you’ve made the first few passes, then all of a sudden the mower quits. You pull the cord a few times, but the engine just sputters and dies. What’s happening? It could have something to do with the fuel cap. Most mowers have a vented fuel cap. This vent is intended to release pressure, allowing fuel to flow from the tank to the carburetor. Without the vent, the gas fumes inside the tank begin to build up, creating a vacuum that eventually becomes so strong that it stops the flow of fuel.

To find out if this is the problem, remove the gas cap to break the vacuum, then reattach it. The mower should start right up. But if the lawn mower won’t stay running and cuts off again after 10 minutes or so, you’ll need to get a new gas cap.

Clean and refill the lawn mower fuel tank.

An obvious—and often overlooked—reason your mower may not be starting is that the tank is empty or contains gas that is either old or contaminated with excess moisture and dirt. If your gas is more than a month old, use an oil siphon pump to drain it from the tank.

(It’s important to be careful as spilled oil can cause smoking, but there are other reasons this might happen. Read more about what to do when your lawn mower is smoking.)

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Add fuel stabilizer to the tank.

Fill the tank with fresh fuel and a fuel stabilizer to extend the life of the gas and prevent future buildup. A clogged fuel filter is another possible reason for a lawn mower not to start. When the filter is clogged, the engine can’t access the gas that makes the system go. If your mower has a fuel filter (not all do), check to make sure it’s functioning properly.

First, remove the fuel line at the carburetor. Gas should flow out. If it doesn’t, confirm that the fuel shutoff valve isn’t accidentally closed. Then remove the fuel line that’s ahead of the fuel filter inlet. If gas runs out freely, there’s a problem with the fuel filter. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions on replacing the filter and reassembling the mower.

Cub cadet starting problem

Here is a procedure that LawnRanger and I put together to help solve this problem. Go through it and let us know your findings.

I wrote this procedure with tractor style mowers in mind but this works on zero turn mowers as well. For a zero turn mower, the steering levers must be out, parking brake engaged and the PTO switch in the off position. Some mowers have an operator presence switch in the seat and you may need an assistant to sit in the seat while performing the following tests.

Electrical problems can be very easy or very difficult, depending on four things:

How well you understand basic electricity. 2. What tools you have and know how to use. 3. How well you follow directions. Ahem. 4. You don’t overlook or assume anything and test/verify everything.

Remember, I cannot see what you are doing. You are the eyes, ears and fingers in solving this problem. You must be as accurate as you can when you report back. The two basic tools I will ask you to use are a test light and a multimeter. If you have an assistant when going through these tests it would be very helpful. These steps work the best when done in order, so please don’t jump around. Now let’s solve this problem.

First, make sure the parking brake is engaged and the PTO switch is in the off position. Physically remove the negative battery cable first and then the positive battery cable and clean both the battery terminals and cable connectors with a wire brush. Reinstall cables after cleaning starting with the positive first and then the negative. Next, turn the key to the run position, check all fuses with a grounded test light should light on both sides of fuse. Check battery voltage. above 12.5 volts should be good. Believe it or not, this first step will take the most amount of time, usually around five minutes and the rest of the steps can be accomplished in under a minute.

Second, check for power from the battery to one of the large terminals on the solenoid. One of the wires is connected directly to the battery and has power all the time so one of the large terminals should light a test light or show battery voltage on a meter at all times.

Third, check for power at the small terminal of the solenoid while depressing the clutch/brake pedal and holding the key in the start position (you may need an assistant to sit in the seat to override the safety switch). If your solenoid is a four wire solenoid, check both small wire terminals as one is ground and the other is power from the ignition switch. If your solenoid is a three wire solenoid, make sure the solenoid body is not corroded where it bolts to the chassis of the mower as this is your ground path back to the battery. If in doubt, remove the solenoid and clean the mounting area down to bare metal. If there is no power to the small terminal then your problem is most likely a safety switch, ignition switch or in the wiring. You should have battery voltage on this small solenoid wire when the key switch is held in the start position.

Fourth, check for power on the other large terminal of the solenoid while holding the key in the start position (you may need an assistant to sit in the seat to override the safety switch). You should have battery voltage on this terminal when the key is held in the start position.

Fifth, check for power at the starter while holding the key in the start position (assistant again). You should have battery voltage during this test.

Sixth, check your ground circuit back to the battery. Just like the battery, make sure connections are clean and tight. Very Important!

This procedure is a simple starting point and there is more to it so after you have gone through each of the above steps, let me know what happened when you performed each test. At that point I will have great info to tell you how to proceed. Remember you are the eyes, ears, and fingers, so please be as accurate as possible. Some lawnmowers use a relay in the starter control circuit so keep that in mind.

Be as specific as possible with voltage readings as this will help diagnose your problem quicker. If you do not know how to perform the above checks, just ask and I will try to guide you through it. I prefer to use voltage drop tests but some people get too confused over this subject so in an effort to keep it simple, for now, just follow the procedure and report back with your findings.

How to Fix these Problems

There are specific solutions to each of these problems, as stated above. However, these are general fixes that will help your cub cadet zero turn to move without any hitch, irrespective of the problem.

You can call these maintenance tips. They are:

Cub Cadet Steering Problems for Common Models

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This mower operates on an automatic transmission, so there is no need to change the gear at intervals.

Due to this, the pedal is used to move it faster or slower, which could easily get faulty if too much pressure is applied. It is also difficult to start.

Cub cadet lt1050 steering problems

One of this model’s most common problems is that it stops working while it is in use.

Blocked cooling fans that should prevent the engine from overheating could also contribute to this. Also, a clogged air filter could be responsible for this.

Cub cadet gtx 2100 power steering problems

One common problem with this cub cadet model is difficulty turning the steering. It uses an electric power steering motor which could need a battery change at any point in time.

So if the battery has run down or there is not enough voltage to power the steering, it poses a problem with the use of this mower.

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Steering jams are common with this model. It refers to a tight spot in the steering gears, most likely due to accumulating debris.

Cub Cadet GT1554 steering problem

The engine producing insufficient power is one of the common problems with this model. This could result from a clogged air filter or an above-average engine oil level.

This affects the starting of the mower, and until the problem is rectified, it cannot be switched on.

How to Fix Steering on Riding Lawn Mower

Fixing the steering properly on riding lawn mowers is crucial, so it does not start to veer off the road. You can do this in the following steps:


Which Cub Cadet has power steering?

The Cub Cadet GSX has an electronic type of power steering model. It has a lot of advantages over other types, as it reduces fatigue from long hours of riding, decreases the torque, and allows continuous steering functioning.

How to adjust steering on Cub Cadet zero turn mower

To adjust the steering on a Cub Cadet zero-turn mower, you must first check the tire pressure before aligning and adjusting the steering levers. Also, it is crucial to either increase or decrease the speeds of the drive wheel.

How does the Cub Cadet zero-turn with the steering wheel work?

This mower uses a dual rear transmission that transmits power to each rear wheel. When the steering wheel is turned, a steering box turns the front axle, but a pair of directly connected linkages runs from the steering box to each rear transmission.

What are riding lawn mower steering problems?

Riding lawn mower steering problems include difficulty making turns, worn-out steering shaft or steering support assembly, and loose drag linkage. These result in vibrations and wrong turn while using the mower.


There is no perfect machine, and even the best Cub Cadet zero-turn mower is not one. Over time with use, one or more of these problems stated above is inevitable.

So you do not have to panic if the steering seems stiff or loose; it might result from a fault in one of the steering components.

You should always check the parts of your mower, so you know what needs cleaning or replacing.

If you cannot rectify the issue, you can take the mower to a repair shop and fix it. In no time, you would have your cleared lawn without causing any damage to yourself or your property.

Rhys Charles

Rhys is a passionate landscaper, a self-proclaimed barbecue expert and the author of this site. He combines his lawnmowing expertise with his engineering background to teach you about how to not just take care of grass, but also the equipment you use.