My Snapper Mower Won't Drive

The Snapper riding mower has clear front visibility.
The Snapper riding mower has clear front visibility. (Image: Peter Dazeley/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Briggs & Stratton brand Snapper riding mowers have a tight turning radius for trimming around landscaping, and some have a 30-inch deck. The Snapper riding mower has a front-forward driving position. A problem that may occur with the Snapper is that the mower won't drive even though the engine is running. This can be corrected by following some troubleshooting steps.

Check that the ground speed control lever isn’t in neutral if the Snapper mower won’t drive. Move the lever to the forward position or reverse position. The ground speed lever is on the central control column.

Look at the transmission release lever and make sure it’s not in the “Push” position. Move it to the “Drive” position if it is. The transmission release lever is at the back of the mower behind the gas tank filler and to the right of the rear wheel.

Release the parking brake. It's on the central control column.

Adjust the brake if the Snapper still won’t move; it may not be fully released. Release the parking break and check that the brake arm touches the stop. Remove the cotter pin and loosen the castle nut. Insert the feeler gauge in the gap between the brake disc and brake puck. Increase or decrease the gap and replace the cotter pin. Set the parking brake by loosening or tightening the adjustment nut so that the spring right at the top measures 1 5/8 inches to 1 3/4 inches in its compressed state. Try to drive the Snapper mower again.

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