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Hi Eric,
I have a Sears Model 917.273810 Lawn Tractor with a Peerless 206-545C 6-speed transaxle. Neutral and all forward speeds work fine, but remains in neutral when the shift lever is moved to reverse. The problem was intermittent last summer, becoming more frequent with time. Is this some kind of adjustment problem or is this an internal transaxle problem? Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this problem.


It could be your shift keys inside the transaxle.  I have replaced a lot of keys over the years.

Go to this URL for the repair manual:

Look for the shift keys and you will see that for reverse the keys need to engage all the way to one side.

Do you have all of your forward speeds?

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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