I have a Gen 1 20" mower. This last time mowing, I had to adjust the deck from a 3 (which is high for me) to a 4, then 5. I came to find that the rod/bar from the adjustment housing was disconnected from the rear wheel. The rod was also pushed out from the designated slot in the adjustment housing, which now damaged that surrounding area. The rod has a lot of tension pushing out to the side of the mower and won't go back in place. I was able to finish mowing by reconnecting it to the rear wheel, but since the circlip is gone, it fell off often. The rod also connects to the wheel with a slant because it's not aligned straight with the housing slot.
Anyways, I tried disassembling the lever's housing (2 screws on top) but the spin freely. I looked under the mower deck and found (off memory) 4 screw holes which hold that housing onto the blade deck. It appears there are one or two more screws attached to the lever housing but they aren't in plain sight. I have been unable to locate a schematic online for disassembly. This isn't a matter that can wait months to resolve (as I've read several complaints about sending the mower in). With all the rain and sun, I need to mow again in 3 days and it's averaging 5 days in between now.
Has anyone had a similar issue? Do I need to remove the blade and blade guard/deck to reach the lever housing screws or the components themselves? Does anyone know the exact size circlip needed to secure the adjustment bar to the rear wheel?
I love this mower and it'd be a shame to lose a $400 investment to the deck not adjusting. I'm pretty handy so I'm happy as long as it's fixed and works properly (minus the chute sucking).