I have similar issue with my snapper rider, The 4 inch tire is so stiff its hard to tell when is flat.
The steering gear is a simple rack ( fan gear ) pinion ( steering gear ) system. With these. turning right pulls them together turning left pushes them apart. When being pushed apart the teeth then lock tip to tip preventing the mower turning right. The usual culprit is a worn bush in the steering shaft and a flogged out hole in the fan gear. Both happen because people do not clean the steering shaft nor lubricate the bushes. The linked to video shows the owner had both of these problems and his little ( long overdue) clean up will not fix his problem for very long. You tube videos are often not worth the effort of watching and even worse his has a loud deep authorative audio, so it must be true. Everything he did could have been done in 2 minutes with a long air duster. And even worse he assembled it dry. If you check your owners manual it tells you to lubricate with oil monthly. Most techs use dry lithium spray grease after a blow out with the afore mentioned air duster then give it 10 minutes for the solvent to flash off. I like to give the teeth of both gears a heavy spray as well. Just about every mower has a replaceable bush on the steering shaft and some a bush for the fan gear Both of these flog out oval because as previously mentioned turning right pushes the gears apart putting full load on the bushes. Some have an adjustment on the bottom of the steering shaft to compensate for the wear.
MTD Products is an American manufacturer of outdoor power equipment for the mass market. Headquartered in Valley City, Ohio, the company began in 1932 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stanley Black Decker. Prior to Stanley Black Decker’s acquisition in December 2021, MTD Products was a majority family-owned, private company. It originated as a tool and die maker (Modern Tool and Die Company). MTD’s main competitors are STIHL, Ariens, Briggs Stratton, John Deere and Husqvarna.
Over the years, MTD acquired the Troy-Bilt, Bolens, Cub Cadet, Craftsman (owned by its minority partner), and Yard-Man brands and/or companies. MTD Craftsman mowers utilize the Sears “247” model prefix
MTD bicycles [ edit ]
Starting in 1966, MTD released their line of bicycles that were sold throughout the U.S. These bicycles were mostly muscle bikes and in 1969 they released a chopper, the MTD SS5 Chopper which merged Columbia and MTD. Both brands were strong players in the high-rise bicycle market, eventually they would join forces in the coming years; eventually the bicycle brand MTD would fade out while Columbia would continue.
The green bicycle is a stock MTD The King, the red bicycle is a lowrider built using the frame. Muscle bicycles are often used for lowrider bicycles due to their style.
Timeline [ edit ]
Theo Moll, Emil Jochum and Erwin Gerhard formed a partnership to purchase the assets of Modern Tool and Die Company located on Power Avenue in Cleveland. The initial capital investment was 4500. MTD’s first products were perforating dies and a rolling machine for making window channels for Standard Products. MTD employed 12 employees in 1933. By 1934 there were 60 employees.
In 1936 the company produced its first automotive stampings products, grilles for Graham-Paige automobiles.
In 1952 the controlling interest in Midwest Industries Inc. was purchased. With this MTD began to manufacture pedal bikes, velocipedes, kiddie cars and playground equipment.
In 1954 MTD entered the garden equipment industry with its introduction of a line of wheelbarrows.
In 1958 MTD entered the lawn and garden power equipment industry with the production of an 18″ power rotary mower.
In 1959 MTD began manufacturing self-propelled lawn mowers, garden tractors and other power equipment.
In 1962 MTD purchased Sehl Engineering Ltd. of Canada which would later become MTD Products, Ltd. and then MTD Canada.
In 1966 MTD purchased Industrial Plastics Company in Cleveland.
In 1967 MTD started to manufacture bicycles.
In 1968 MTD started snow thrower production. At the same time Yard-Man buys George Garden Tools. 
In 1975 MTD purchased the Yard-Man name from Montgomery Ward.
In 1980 MTD built its 160,000 sq ft (15,000 m2) manufacturing plant in Brownsville, Tennessee (now defunct).
In 1981 the Cub Cadet product line was acquired from International Harvester, and the White Outdoor Products Company was acquired from the old White Motor Company.
In 1985 the company’s Martin, Tennessee plant began operation, and Arnold Corporation was acquired.
In 1986 Aircap Industries in Tupelo, Mississippi was acquired.
In 1994 MTD built the Modern Transmission Development Company plant in Leitchfield, Kentucky.
In 1996 a joint venture with Lesco created Commercial Turf Products.
In 2000, a Hungarian manufacturing facility was opened with expanded capacity for electrical products. MTD acquired Ryobi Limited’s North America outdoor products business, giving them the capacity to produce 1.5 million engines and related hand-held garden products.
In 2001, MTD acquired Garden Way including the Troy-Bilt and Bolens brands.
In 2003, MTD’s Ryobi Outdoor Power equipment division ceased manufacturing products under the Ryobi brand name and sold the rights to the use of the Ryobi brand name for the manufacture and sale of outdoor products to Ryobi Tools/TTI
In 2006, MTD began building lawn equipment under the fmc brand for sale in Europe.
In 2007, MTD began building the low-end lawn and garden tractors for its otherwise competitor, Toro.
In 2008, MTD began having a third-party company (located in China) manufacture a new line of engines for the Craftsman 2008 line of snowthrowers. They are no longer building them with Tecumseh engines.
In 2009 MTD acquired the brand Remington Chainsaws from Desa International.
In 2010 MTD (Australia) acquired the brand Rover Mowers from GWA International Limited. 
In 2012 MTD began building Murray brand products which was acquired by Briggs Stratton Motors in 2005.
In 2017 MTD acquired Robomow, a.k.a. “Friendly Robotics”. 
In September 2018, New Britain, Conn.-based power tool maker Stanley Black Decker announced that it had an agreement to acquire a 20% stake in outdoor power equipment maker MTD Products for 234 million. The transaction was expected to close in early 2019. In addition, Stanley Black Decker had the option to acquire the remaining 80% of MTD starting July 1, 2021,  which it did on August 17, 2021. Furthermore, with the acquisition of Craftsman by Stanley Black Decker, the brand’s products are now produced by MTD through this partnership.
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Question: Replacing Pulley on Riding Lawn Mower?
The drive pulley on my MTD riding lawn mower broke. I removed the bolt that holds it on. Do I have to have a “puller” to remove the pulley or just will power and a hammer?
I wouldn’t think twice. Slap a puller on it.If you are going to be fixing things like this you really should have a set of three-jaw pullers.
I do most of my own repairs and I have an old tool box full of different pullers.My set of three-jaw pullers is just one of those cheap sets from a tool sale.The screw threads are not as fine as a more expensive set’s would be. No big deal.I just put a strain on it then smack the end of the screw with a hammer.Works great.
A pulley “puller” is a good idea. Harbor-Freight in Spokane on Sprague and Sullivan has them.DoctorBill
Look for a product called, “Fluid Film” at hardware or farm store. It’s based on lanolin/wool wax, and is the best stuff I’ve ever found for getting really difficult parts to release.
Give it about 15 minutes to work after application, and you should have a lot better luck removing the part. A puller would be nice, but two pieces of hardwood will generally work, too.
i have a 1994 mtd 18 horse lawn tractor. it has a 6 speed control, it’s stuck in the third speed and can’t start the engine.
Question: 14 HP. MTD Lawn Tractor Won’t Start?
My 14 HP. MTD riding lawn mower will only start with a charger attached at 75 amp jump start setting even with a new fully charged battery. How do I know if it is the solenoid or the starter?
I do hear a single click noise each time I turn the key. The starter is warm after trying a few times which lends me to believe it is the starter. Thanks for any suggestions.
Question: Removing the Back Tire on a 1988 MTD Riding Mower?
My right back tire is flat, I took off the screw, but can’t pull off the tire. Is it supposed to come off from the front of the wheel? In other words are the things that look like washers just frozen because of rust? Or does it pull off from the back of the tire?
I have a John Deere but I believe removing the rear tire from your machine would be the same. The wheel is held on with a snap ring. You will need a special pair of pliers to remove the snap ring. You should be able to buy the pliers at an auto store. The ring looks like a washer except it has a piece cut out and two holes drilled into the washer near the opening.
The pliers have two prongs that fit into the holes. Squeezing the pliers expand the ring so you can remove it. You could also visit a riding mower repair shop and they will help you. They should be listed in the phone book.
Don’t think that has a snap ring if not lots of pb blaster and I hooks an good size puller
I’m having trouble putting the front tire back on a riding lawn mower which has a snap ring type thing on it but it dose not have any holes for the snap ring pliers. It looks like it should snap on if you push it but there is not room to push it and I didnt take it off so I dont know how it came off just trying to use the mower, i tried using a washer on the outside just to push it on but didnt work.
anysuggestions? I have never worked on anything before just learning and need to get it on Thanks frustrated
Question: MTD 18 HP Motor Won’t Turn Over?
I have a 18hp MTD mower that won’t turn over. I’ve replace the starter switch, starter solenoid, and safety switch, as well as replaced the 7.5 amp fuse. Any ideas?
I usually try spraying a little carb cleaner in as I turn the key. You can try the fuel filter and make sure your gas is still good after sitting all winter.
I was having the same problem. It turns out that a piece of cord was wrapped so tightly around the blade shaft that it was frozen there. Cutting wet grass has jammed my blade also.
Have you checked your spark plug for carbon, that would be my next check, then the fuel filter to see if it’s clogged.
Question: MTD RH115B Riding Mower Drive Belts Won’t Stay On?
My MTD RH115B ride-on mower developed a problem last year where the drive belts for the blade and wheels repeatedly came off.
I had it serviced twice last summer by a local plant-hire company, the second time specifically to address this issue. However last weekend I used it for the first time this year and the drive belt for the wheels came off three times in half an hour.
The last time the belt for the rear wheels. under the seat. went under the belt wheel and I cannot get it back on without removing the belt wheel. It has what looks like a nut on the top, but turing it just turns the wheel. How do I get the wheel off to replace the belt and why would the belts keep coming off?
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