What to Look for When Buying a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

What to Look for When Buying a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

Thinking of buying a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower?

There are several Cub Cadet riding lawn mowers that have been developed throughout the years, including the new Ultima Series, as well as new XT2 Enduro Series models. Thanks to a range of features that are key to a great looking lawn, there are many Cub Cadet options to choose from. It can be difficult to decide which model is right for you so before making any purchasing decisions, you should first ask yourself the following questions.

How large is the area that I want to mow?

To make sure you can get the most out of your mower, you must take the size of your home or property into account. This will have an impact on the features you want and the level of power you will need.

What size mower deck do I want?

Lawn mowers with larger cutting widths and more horsepower will get the job done faster. However, smaller mowers allow you to work in more areas with limited access, such as backyards obstructed by narrow gates, that larger mowers cannot fit through.

What type of terrain will I be facing?

Understanding your terrain is critical in deciding how much horsepower you need. Homeowners that work on flat, less challenging terrain can choose a tractor with the least amount of horsepower, while those that work with slopes and hills will require a mower with more horsepower and stability.

How many obstacles will I need to mow around?

The more obstacles within a space, the tighter turning radius you will need. Cub Cadet zero turn riders tend to have a smaller turning radius than tractors. Theses zero turns are designed to help you cut grass faster with fewer twists and turns.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower.

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How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet XT2 Tractor

How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet XT2 Tractor

Regular oil changes are crucial to keeping your Cub Cadet XT2 tractor’s engine in top shape and prolonging the life of your machine.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet XT2 tractor, refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your tractor model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model.

Park your Cub Cadet on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool. Remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.

Here is how to change the oil on a Cub Cadet XT2 tractor.

Place a piece of cardboard under the work area to catch oil drips and use an oil basin to catch the used oil as it is drained from the engine. Use a rag to clean around the oil fill and drain areas to prevent debris from entering the engine.

Remove the dipstick. The oil drain on this engine is on the opposite side of the engine (right side). Pop the black cap off and use the drain tube that was supplied in your owner’s manual bag. Push the tube on the end of the oil drain and into your oil drain pan.

On the oil drain itself, turn it to the left or counterclockwise, and carefully pull it out towards yourself. That will allow the oil to drain. Allow the engine oil to completely drain.

Once the oil is drained, push in the connector and turn to the right or clockwise to stop the oil drain. Remove the dipstick and oil filter.

Clean off the surface of the engine and install the new oil filter. Make sure when changing the oil filter, you remove the dust cap from the filter. We are using the supplied 10w30.

When installing the oil filter, add a little oil to the seal of the new oil filter – this helps with the install. Do not use any mechanical tools, reinstalling by hand is good enough.

Refill the engine oil. Use the oil recommended by the engine manufacturer. Fill to the recommended levels. Reinsert the Dipstick. Check the engine for proper oil levels.

Run the engine five minutes, allow it to warm up and allow the oil to get through the oil filter. Recheck the dipstick and add more oil as necessary. Reconnect the spark plug ignition wires.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your Cub Cadet XT2 tractor.

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Cub Cadet Snow Blower Common Problems and Solutions

Cub Cadet Snow Blower Common Problems and Solutions

Snow blower problem? We have the solution.

Snow Blower Not Blowing Snow

If your Cub Cadet snow blower is not blowing snow it’s essentially useless. This issue can be a result of a number of things including snow build-up in the machine, worn scraper bar or paddles, or a defective impeller.

A build-up of snow in the discharge chute is a common snow blower problem. However, snow build-up can prevent snow from blowing. To resolve this issue, shut off your snow blower and clear any snow buildup in the chute. If the chute is clear, check the augers and auger drive system for problems.

Worn scraper bar or paddles is an issue common among single stage snow blowers. A worn scraper bar no longer clears snow as well as it did before. If this is the case with your snow blower, replace your scraper bar. If snow is going in and coming back out of your machine, replace the paddles.

Your snow blower paddles have wear indicator holes on them so look at the wear indicator holes, and when the rubber paddles are worn to the holes it is time to replace the paddles.

Your snow blower’s impeller propels snow through the chute. If the impeller is broken or jammed the snow blower won’t blow the snow. If your impeller is broken, replace it.

Snow Blower Not Starting

If your snow blower isn’t starting, it could be a result of a few things. For starters, your machine could contain a defective spark plug. Check your spark plug for any deposits, cracks or other damage. If the spark plug is damaged or not getting a sufficient spark, replace the spark plug.

If you have old fuel resting in your snow blower, this could be the cause of your machine not starting. Drain any old fuel by disconnecting the fuel line between the fuel tank and carburetor. Any residual fuel in the carburetor should be drained by removing the carburetor bowl. Clean the bowl and replace the bowl gasket.

A clogged carburetor is usually the result of leaving fuel in your snow blower for an extended period. Old fuel can result in fuel evaporation, which may leave behind a thick, sticky substance. The sticky fuel can clog the carburetor and prevent the engine from starting. If your carburetor is clogged, clean it with carburetor cleaner. If that doesn’t work, you need to rebuild or, in some cases, replace the entire carburetor.

Snow Blower Leaking Gas

If fuel is leaking from the bottom of the carburetor, the carburetor gasket may be dried out or missing. Try replacing the carburetor gasket. Another result of fuel leaking from the bottom of the carburetor is a dried out or missing carburetor bowl gasket. If that’s the case, replace the carburetor bowl gasket

To solve this issue, check the connections to the fuel filter and the filter housing. If it is cracked do not try to fix it. Replace it completely. If any fuel lines are cracked, replace them as well.

Snow Blower Auger Not Turning

If the auger on your Cub Cadet snow blower is not turning, one of the following could be the issue.

  1. If the auger cable on your snow blower is broken, the auger won’t turn. Inspect the auger cable; if it’s broken replace it.
  2. Check the auger blades on your snow blower. If the blades are bent or damaged, replace them. If the auger assembly is worn, replace the entire thing.
  3. The shear pin and bolt are designed to break if your snow blower’s auger hits a large rock or chunk of ice to protect the engine from damage. If the shear pin or bolt breaks, the auger is unable to turn. Check to see if the pin or bolt is broken and replace it if necessary.
  4. The cogged belt or V-belt make the connection between the engine and gearbox so if either belt is damaged or broken, your snow blower’s auger won’t turn. Inspect each belt for wear and tear, and if it is broken or worn out it should be replaced.

Snow Blower Wheels Not Turning

Inspect the wheels of your snow blower before each use. If you spot a flat tire, repair or replace it. If the wheel rim is damage, you should replace it as well.

If the wheels on your Cub Cadet snow blower are not turning, a defective cogged or V-belt could be the issue. The cogged belt and V-belt make the connection between the engine and gearbox so if either belt is damaged or broken your snow blower’s wheels won’t turn. Inspect each belt for wear and tear, and if it is broken or worn out it should be replaced.

You could also be facing an issue with a defective drive disk. The drive disk has a rubber outer layer that grips and turns the drive plate. If the drive disk is worn or greasy it will slip and the drive plate won’t turn, and your snow blower wheels won’t turn. Clean the drive disk if it is wet or greasy, but if it’s worn out replace it.

Lastly, a broken cable control could be the culprit of your snow blower wheels not turning. Make sure the control cable on your snow blower is not broken. Make sure the cable moves freely, if not apply a small amount of oil to the cable. If lubricating is ineffective, replace the control cable.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance for your Cub Cadet snow blower.

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Cub Cadet Snow Blower not Blowing Snow?

Cub Cadet Snow Blower not Blowing Snow?

Occasionally your snow blower will have an issue that a pre-snow tune-up or end-of-season repair won’t fix. It’s normal for your machine to have a hiccup every now and again. If your Cub Cadet snow blower is not blowing snow there are a couple of things to check to resolve this issue.

Check the wear on the scraper bar or paddles.

This issue is common among single stage snow blowers. The scraper bar on the bottom of the housing serves as a protection for the housing and will also aid in picking up the snow. A worn scraper bar no longer clears snow as well as it did before. If this is the case with your Cub Cadet snow blower it’s time to replace your scraper bar.

If snow is going in and coming back out of your machine, it’s time to replace the paddles. Your snow blower paddles have wear indicator holes on them, making it easy to keep track of their wear. Look at the wear indicator holes, and when the rubber paddles are worn to the holes it is time to replace the paddles. Check the scraper bar for wear. Paddles and scraper bars usually wear at the same rate so get in the habit of replacing both at the same time.

Check the belt wear and tension.

Depending on the model of your Cub Cadet snow blower, there may be a cable that connects to the auger engagement handle. This handle might have different positions for the cable to connect to, thus making the cable and belt tension tighter. You can also remove the side plate of the snow blower to access the belt and check for tension and wear.

Defective impeller.

Your snow blower’s impeller propels snow through the chute. If the impeller is broken or jammed your Cub Cadet won’t blow the snow. If your impeller is broken, replace it.

Build-up of snow in discharge chute.

Snow build-up can prevent snow from blowing, so shut off your snow blower and clear any snow build-up in the chute.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet Ultima zero turn rider.

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How to Change the Blades on a Cub Cadet Ultima

How to Change the Blades on a Cub Cadet Ultima

Over time, the blades on your Cub Cadet Ultima zero turn rider can become worn out or dinged. The gradual damage of the mower blades can reduce the effectiveness of your mower. Check the blades on your mower at least twice a year, at the beginning and middle of the mowing season. Check the blades more often if you mow more frequently. Here’s how to change the blades on a Cub Cadet Ultima.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet Ultima, refer to your operator’s manual. It lists required maintenance, safety information, and instructions for your machine. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your model our instructions may vary slightly.

Begin by parking your zero turn on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool, remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug ignition wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.

Set the deck height on your Ultima to the lowest setting. Use a 3/8-inch socket or wrench to remove both belt covers from the deck.

Remove the access panel. Use the panel access tool included on Cub Cadet Ultima mowers to remove the bolt from the panel.

Remove the belt from the spindle pulleys. Use a 9/16-inch socket or wrench to pull the idler pulley arm back to release the belt tension.

Remove the belt from the idler pulleys and PTO clutch. Use both a 9/16-inch socket and wrench to loosen the idler pulley bolts.

Remove the cotter pins and deck pins from the deck. Slide the deck out from under your Cub Cadet mower. Flip the deck over to access the blades. Wear gloves for protection when working with blades.

Remove the blades. Use a block of wood and wedge it between the blade and the frame of your machine to stop the blades from rotating. Use a 15/16-inch socket or wrench to loosen the blade nuts.

Replace the blades on your Ultima and tighten the nuts. Make sure the word “bottom” or the blade part number is facing the ground when installing the blades.

Flip the deck over and slide the deck back into place under the mower. Reattach the deck and slide the deck pins back into place. Reconnect the cotter pins.

Reinstall the belt. Route the belt around the PTO clutch. Route the belt through the idler pulleys.

Use both a 9/16-inch socket and wrench to tighten both idler pulley bolts. Route the belt around the spindle pulleys. Use a 9/16-inch socket or wrench to release the tension and finish routing the belt.

Reinstall both belt covers and then reinstall the access panel and bolt. Reconnect the spark plug wires and start your Cub Cadet mower.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet Ultima zero turn rider.

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Troubleshooting Tips for Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers

Troubleshooting Tips for Cub Cadet Lawn Mowers

If you want your Cub Cadet lawn mower to work effectively each time you start it, there are certain maintenance steps to take to ensure your machine is in great condition. Maximize the life of your mower with these troubleshooting tips.

Tip #1 – Keep up with routine maintenance

Stay on top of routine maintenance. This will increase the performance and life span of your Cub Cadet lawn mower. Your lawn mower is most likely the most frequently used piece of outdoor power equipment so perform the proper maintenance to maximize life and efficiency.

Tip #2 – Check spark plugs and carburetors

Clogged air filters, fouled spark plugs, and flooded carburetors are common problems that can affect the starting and performance of your Cub Cadet lawn mower.

Replacing the spark plug can make a huge difference in the performance of your mower. To combat a flooded carburetor, you need to drain the carburetor and put new fuel in it.

Tip #3 – Utilize new fuel and air filters

Fresh fuel and a clean air filter will help prevent lawn mower problems. Use fresh, mid-grade fuel with no higher than E10 Ethanol rating, stored in a clean, sealed container.

To clean your air filter, tap it to remove loose dirt and debris. Hold your filter to the light. If you see the light, the air filter is okay to use. If there is no light, replace the old air filter with a new one.

Tip #4 – Keep a sharp lawn mower blade

Look at the blade on your Cub Cadet lawn mower. Dull lawn mower blades trim grass unevenly and leave the tips of your grass torn and not cleanly sliced.

Tip #5 – Check bolts, wheels, cables and belts

Tighten all bolts on your Cub Cadet lawn mower and check to make sure that the wheels, cables and belts are not overly worn. This can cause problems when mowing.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet lawn mower.

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How to Change the Air Filter on a Cub Cadet Lawn Mower

How to Change the Air Filter on a Cub Cadet Lawn Mower

The longevity of your Cub Cadet lawn mower depends on the maintenance you provide. Changing the air filter regularly will keep dirt and debris out of the engine and keep your mower running efficiently.  We recommend changing or replacing the engine air filter every 50 operating hours. In dry, dusty conditions this should be done more frequently.

Before performing any maintenance on your lawn mower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Before changing the air filter on your mower, disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent accidental starting. Clean the engine of your mower and remove any dirt and debris. Remove the air filter cover and remove the air filter from the housing.

Check and clean the air filter. Remove the foam pre filter. Check for any rips or damage to the air filter. Clean the paper element filter by tapping gently to remove any dust or debris. If the paper element is very dirty or damaged, replace it with a new one.

Wash the foam pre filter using mild detergent and warm water. Allow the pre filter to dry completely. Never use gasoline or low flash-point solvents for cleaning the air filter elements.

Reinstall the air filter and pre filter. Install the air filter cover and reconnect the spark plug ignition wire.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for your Cub Cadet lawn mower.

The air filter on your mower provides proper air induction into the engine and allows the engine to run a lot cleaner. If you have a plugged air filter, dirt can get sucked into the engine or the machine won’t run correctly or run too rich. It’s important to replace the air filter regularly to keep you machine up and running all season long.

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How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

Regular oil changes are essential to keeping your mower’s engine in working condition and will maximize its lifespan. To keep your Cub Cadet running smoothly and efficiently, follow these steps to change the oil in your machine.

Before performing any maintenance on your , refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your riding lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model, including information about the recommended oil type.

Begin by parking your mower on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool, remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug ignition wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.

Place a piece of cardboard under your mower to catch oil drips and use an oil basin to catch the old oil when it is drained from the engine.

Remove the dip stick from the oil fill tube and drain the oil and allow the engine oil to completely drain. If your Cub Cadet has an oil filter, replace it with a new one. Use an oil filter wrench to unthread the oil filter from the engine. Use a rag to clean the area around the engine of any spilled oil.

Replace the oil filter and add a little oil to the seal of the new oil filter to help with the install. Use your hand to thread the new oil filter onto the engine. Do not overtighten. Use your oil filter wrench to snug the fit but do not overtighten.

Add new oil to your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower. Use the oil recommended by the engine manufacturer and fill to the recommended levels. Replace the dip stick and check the engine oil levels.

Check the oil level with the dip stick. Depending on where it reads, you may need to add more oil. When checking the oil with the dip stick, place the dip stick into the oil and push it all the way down. Remove the dip stick, clean it with your rag, and place it in the oil one more time to check the oil level.

Reconnect the spark plug wire and your maintenance is done.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance.

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How to Change the Air Filter on a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

How to Change the Air Filter on a Cub Cadet Riding Lawn Mower

To ensure that your engine runs smoothly this season and the next, regularly clean or replace the air filter on your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower. It’s recommended that your air filter be cleaned or replaced every 50 hours of use. In dry, dusty conditions this should be done more frequently.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower, refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your riding lawn mower model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model.

Begin by parking your mower on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool, remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug ignition wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.

Use a rag to clean the engine of dirt and debris. Remove the air filter cover and the air filter.

Check and clean the air filter. Remove the foam pre filter. Use a flashlight to check for any damage to the air filter. Clean the paper element filter by tapping gently to remove dust. If the element is very dirty or damaged, replace it with a new one.

Wash the foam pre filter. Use mild detergent and warm water to wash the foam pre filter and allow it to dry completely. Keep in mind – never use gasoline or low flash-point solvents for cleaning the air filter elements.

Place the dry pre filter back onto the air filter and reinstall the air filter. Secure the air filter cover and lock handles.

Reconnect the spark plug ignition wires on your Cub Cadet riding lawn mower.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance.

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How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet Ultima

How to Change the Oil on a Cub Cadet Ultima

Regular oil changes are essential to keeping your Cub Cadet Ultima’s engine in working condition. Regular oil changes also maximize the lifespan of your mower and keep your Cub Cadet running smoothly and efficiently.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet Ultima, refer to your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your model our instructions may vary slightly. Check your owner’s manual to get instructions specific to your model, including information about the recommended oil type.

To change the oil on your Cub Cadet Ultima, begin by parking your mower on a flat, level surface. Turn the engine off and allow it to cool, remove the ignition key, disconnect the spark plug ignition wire to prevent accidental starting, and engage the parking brake.

It may be helpful to place a piece of cardboard under your mower to catch oil drips. Use an oil basin to catch the old oil when it is drained from the engine. Remove the dip stick and drain the oil. Use a ¾-inch and a ½-inch wrench to unthread the stopper plug from the oil outlet and allow the engine oil to completely drain. After the oil has drained, secure the stopper plug to the oil outlet.

Replace the oil filter with a new one. Use an oil filter wrench to unthread the oil filter from the engine. Use a rag to clean the area around the engine of any spilled oil.

Replace the oil filter and add a little oil to the seal of the new oil filter to help with the install. Use your hand to thread the new oil filter onto the engine. Do not overtighten. Use your oil filter wrench to snug the fit but do not overtighten.

Add new oil to your Cub Cadet Ultima. Use the oil recommended by the engine manufacturer and fill to the recommended levels. Replace the dip stick and check the engine oil levels.

Check the oil level with the dip stick. Depending on where it reads, you may need to add more oil. When checking the oil with the dip stick, place the dip stick into the oil and push it all the way down. Remove the dip stick, clean it with your rag, and place it in the oil one more time to check the oil level.

Reconnect the spark plug wire on your Cub Cadet Ultima.

Use our illustrated parts diagrams to locate any replacement parts you may need for maintenance on your Cub Cadet Ultima.

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