replying to Rebel1, roger leahey wrote:
I fixed this problem, even though my fix appears to be different from the other
answers. The fix is simple lubrication of the wheels and associated axel.
My mower is a one year old Honda HRR1216VKA. Wheels locking up when pulling
the mower backwards appear to be a common problem, yet it is not listed in the
It’s a good idea to follow the recommendation that says after mowing, turn
off the gas line and let the engine run until the gas in the line runs out. You
are going to be turning the mower over on both its sides and I think this may
minimize gas flooding into the engine.
Hose out the underside of the mower deck, as usual after mowing. Also hose out
the space between the wheels and the deck to remove sand/grass/dust/dirt. Of
course, be careful not to get water into the carburetor, or to get the air
filter wet, but I’ve never had a problem with this. Before going to the next
step, I let my mower dry overnight.
Next, remove the air filter to prevent it from possibly getting wet with oil
when you turn the mower over on its side with the gas cap near the ground.
Lubricate the all moving parts associated with the wheels and the wheel axel.
Lubricate where the axel shaft goes into the wheel and where the axel shaft goes
into the metal box that covers the drive belt. I use “Zoom Spout” oil, and
with the mower in its normal position, I use the spout to try and oil where the
axil rod enters the inside of the wheel. Turn the mower over on both sides and
apply the oil to the axel and wheels. This should free up the wheels.
Next, do the simple procedure to adjust the drive cable. For my mower, you
simply move the palm paddles to the lowest position and then tighten the cable
nut one rotation at a time until you feel resistance; then you loosen the cable
by eight turns. Now your cable is correctly adjusted. See your mowers
Do you have a Honda with the two blade mulching system? This method is
obsolete. I threw my two blades in the trash and bought a single blade of the
new “alligator” type. The blade is tempered steel, mulches way better and
keeps its edge longer. My blade is a Oregon Gator Mulcher 3-N-1 Blade For
21-Inch Honda Lawn Mowers 90-651