My LT 1024 Cub Cadet Will Not Move Forward or in Reverse, But Everything Else Works


Your Cub Cadet LT 1024 is designed to use hydraulic fluid to power its transmission system instead of a gear shift. This frees your hands to steer while foot pedals control your tractor’s forward and reverse movements. If your mower won’t move, it’s time to inspect for obstructions in the transmission system.

Undercarriage and Deck

  • According to the operator’s manual, you shouldn't use your Cub Cadet on a slope grade higher than 15 degrees. If your deck is engaged while going up a slope that high, it could get stuck on the ground and prevent your mower from going forward or back. Avoid stopping on a slope. If your deck’s pitch is low, it may get stuck even on a small grade.

Stuck Pedals

  • Since the LT 1024 has no traditional gear shift, the pedals can play a role in keeping your mower from going forward or reverse. The drive pedal can get stuck for either direction, so inspect for obstructions or loose linkage. Also check the parking brake to see if it’s set while you're trying to drive. If the parking brake sticks when you depress it to release the brakes, you may need to readjust or lubricate it.

Hydrostatic Adjustment

  • The hydrostatic transmission on your LT 1024 uses hydraulic fluid and pumps to power your mower’s drive. If you're manually moving your mower, you have to disable the system by loosening the hydrostatic relief valve on the back of your mower to stop the transmission from engaging. Check the valve’s setting and look for any leaks from the hydraulic pumps. If you notice any, take your mower to an authorized dealer for repair.

Belts and Pulleys

  • To operate your axles, your mower connects belts from the hydraulic pumps to the engine and from the engine to the mower deck. When inspecting the belts, look for excessive cracks, tears or wear. These conditions can cause the belt to slip off the pulleys, which can stop your mower from going forward or reverse. Also inspect the pulleys for any cuts, nicks or burrs that can cause damage to the belts.

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