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Variable Speed Cable

Part Number: 946-04206A
MTDTroy-BiltYard Man
Availability: 25+ in stock
Price: $18.15
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*This part replaces obsolete part #: and 746-04206A.

Product Information
Manufacturer: MTD, Troy-Bilt, Yard Man
Product Number: 946-04206A
Classification: Part
Weight: 0.14 lbs.
Shipping: Ships Worldwide
Description:
This is a genuine OEM sourced replacement part designed for use with lawn mowers. This cable connects to the control lever assembly, which controls the speed on the mower. This item made out of metal with rubber and it is sold individually.

To complete this repair you would need a screwdriver and pliers.

• First you want to see where the old cable is attached to the motor assembly.
• Just remove the cable end there and install the new one,
• Now you can run the new cable up to the control handle
• Then just as the old cable, put the Z-shaped end through the hole in the control handle
• Once both ends are attached, just push the upper mount assembly of the old cable out of the hole in the upper handle
• Tie the cable in place just as the old one was, but leave enough clearance and free play to avoid over-bending and breaking the new cable
Compatibility

This part is compatible with the following machines:

MTD
Troy-Bilt
Yard Man

Products Compatibility

This item works with the following types of products:

  • • Lawn Mower
Questions & Answers

What is the length of this speed control / drive cable? I measure the old one at approximately 80 inches. Thanks
Steve perry for model number 12av566n711
Hello Steve, thank you for your inquiry! We have found the dimensions of this part to be the following: 79-in Length I hope this information helps!
I want to make sure I am purchasing the correct part. I need the self-propelled cable. Is the correct part number 946-04206A?
Ed for model number 12AV566M066
Hello Ed and thank you for writing. Yes. Part # 946-04206A is in the list of compatible items for your model. This is the correct cable. Hope this helps . Please contact us anytime.
Having trouble with idling it's running very fast. Had it repair once and that's how it came idling fast. It seems as both idling springs are not the right ones. This springs look damage or overly bend. Should i order both springs to fix this problem? I sincerely appreciate any suggestions and help. Vale
Valentin for model number 12AV565Q711/96342
Hello Valentin and thanks for writing. If the springs you have are causing this problem you need to find the right parts and replace the both springs, this link will show all available springs for your model. Hope this helps. Please contact us anytime. https://www.ereplacementparts.com/troybilt-12av565q711-2006-walkbehind-mower-parts-c-26780_26781_26957.html
Repair Instructions: Submitted by Customers Like You
16 of 19 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
Less than 15 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver
Cable to engage drive wheels broke.
Removed broken cable and reversed process to install the new one.
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13 of 15 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
Less than 15 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Nutdriver
Self propel cable broke
Removed the grip control cover on handle and cover on front on the mower the cable literally snapped in and replaced the covers.
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5 of 5 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Standard Mulching Blade (21-Inch) - 942-0741A
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
30-60 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Socket set, Wrench Set, Nutdriver, Funnel
Self propelled drive didn't work/Needed new blade
Dis- assembled the drive housing and found broken cable. Replaced cable, first by backing all previous cable adjustments out to maximum loosened and then fine tuned cable to correct tension and re-assembled drive housing. Worked just fine.
I then decided to change the blade. The old blade still cut ok but not perfect. I believe it was original blade. It had some pretty good nicks in it and was slightly out of balance although not bad. I have had mower for 4 years now and had only sharpened blade about twice a season. So overall had been sharpened 7 times. Always used flat file and a steel hone to sharpen but cutting area was getting smaller and a few of the nicks in the blade were large enough they couldn't be taken out. These were the cause of slight unbalance of blade. The new blade was balanced well but the factory cutting edge wasn't to my liking so I have the blade a few rasps with the file to make a little sharper. Checked balance and was in good shape. Installed the blade.
I then drained the oil and replaced with straight 30W semi synthetic oil, changed the air filters to new and added a new spark plug. Added fresh high octane gasoline and pulled the cord. Took two pulls to start but I've used the mower now for 2 weeks and it starts on first pull ever since. There's a lot less vibration and a nice more even cut. Mower also seems to cut a slightly larger area without stopping for fuel. Please note I bought this mower used to begin with but it was in almost perfect condition for a used mower at purchase. Overall age of mower is 11 years. I can't complain. Mower cuts and runs and self propels as good as a new mower. I can easily see this mower lasting at least 10 more years and maybe a lot more. For the parts I purchased from ereplacementparts they were in stock and about 1/2 the cost the local troy built dealers wanted for the same. Parts were here in 3 days. I could have bought my new filters from them as well for a great price but my line of work permits me to build my own at no cost.
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3 of 3 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Nutdriver
Drive wheel cable broke
I looked to see how the old cable was attached, then attached the new one just like the old one.
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3 of 3 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Control Lever Assembly - 753-06060A
Repair Difficulty:
Medium
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Nutdriver
Self propelled unit would not engage
1. Removed existing cable housing and control cable.
2. Installed parts.
3. Added an extra spring to lower unit.
4. Tie wrapped control cable to handle
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Socket set
Front wheel power drive cable broke
Removed front cover off of wheels
Removed cable from handle
Replaced cable with new.
Replaced front cover.
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
Less than 15 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver
Wouldn't self propel
Made note on how the old cable was installed at each end, Then installed the new one in its place.
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
30-60 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers
Variable speed cable broke.
1. Removed the screws from the underneath side of the plastic housing on the lawnmower handle.
2. Removed the plastic housing at the front of the lawnmower deck that covers the drive belt and the cable.
3. Most time spent is cleaning grass clippings from underneath the plastic cover.
4. Removed the old cable from the plastic housing at the lawnmower handle, then removed rest of cable from the front.
5. Reversed the installation of the new cable, replaced the housing at the front, and the housing on the handle of the lawnmower.
6. Finally, adjusted the cable tension at the handle.
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
Less than 15 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Socket set
End of variable speed cable broke within self propel mechanism.
1 Remover cover and cable in handle end. (phillips screw driver)
2 Replaced with new cable at handle end and reassembled handle.
3 Removed variable speed self propelled box on mower deck. (socket screws)
4 Removed old cable and replaced with new cable partially attached a t mower handle.
5 Replaced cover.
6 Secured cable from mower deck to handle with zip ties ( not included with variable speed cable).
Done.
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1 of 1 people found this instruction helpful
Tool Type:
Lawn Mower
Parts Used:
Variable Speed Cable - 946-04206A
Repair Difficulty:
Easy
Time Spent Repairing:
15-30 minutes
Tools Used:
Screwdriver, Pliers, Socket set
Old cable wore out and broke at handle
Took off pulley cover with ratchet set. Used pliers to remove cable from the pulley engage. Then took a screw driver to take trigger component apart. Installed new cable and put everything back together. Took less than 20 min.
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  • Great part
    Speed cable for my lawnmower. was the right product and received it as was told.
    Guest - 4 days ago Verified Purchase
    Easy repair,,
    Part arrived ahead of schedule.. easy install ...
    Guest - August 21, 2019 Verified Purchase
    Variable Speed Cable
    This is the third or fourth cable I’ve ordered over the years for the same lawnmower. For whatever reason these along with the original cable on my lawnmower break after a couple years. I think it has to do with the original design of the mower. I’m just thankful I was able to find a replacement and have been able to re-order over the years.
    Terry - August 10, 2019 Verified Purchase
    Good parts
    As described,got job done!Thanks
    Guest - June 9, 2019 Verified Purchase
    Part was an exact fit replacement.
    This part was very easy to install and saved me from throwing my mower in the trash, it’s like new again.
    Guest - May 27, 2019 Verified Purchase
    Easy repair but the cable is too long.
    The service was great.
    Guest - May 20, 2019 Verified Purchase
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    Product Information
    Manufacturer: MTD, Troy-Bilt, Yard Man
    Product Number: 946-04206A
    Classification: Part
    Weight: 0.14 lbs.
    Shipping: Ships Worldwide
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