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Posted December 08, 2011 - 05:21 PM

I'm working on my son-in-laws Craftsman 917.271552 lawn tractor. The shifting rod broke in two probably due to the shifting shaft going into the trans-axle sizing up. I can move the saddle bracket and get the trans-axle to shift by using a hammer to knock it back and forth but but you can't move it by hand.

I put some WD40 and penetrating oil on the shaft and it seemed to help, I don't have a lot of experience with Trans-axles so I was wonder if anyone had another method of freeing the shaft up without having to pull the trans-axle and break it apart.

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Posted December 08, 2011 - 05:24 PM

I think you might want to try some 50/50 mix of kerosene and ATF as a penetrating oil. Either that or PB Blaster, then work it back & forth for a while. If that doesn't do it, you will be teaching us how to take one of these apart. :D
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Posted December 08, 2011 - 07:47 PM

That is a very good possibility but I will try your suggestions first!

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Posted December 13, 2011 - 07:47 PM

Well the PB Balster worked. I put it back together today and was able to shift in all gears including reverse. :smile1:
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Posted December 13, 2011 - 07:53 PM

Very good news. You might want to put something with a little more sticky on there now that it's free. It would be great if you could get a little 30 wt worked in there.
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Posted December 14, 2011 - 10:50 AM

Good Idea, the trouble is I have everything together. Maybe I can get in there with an eye dropper, it wouldn't take much. The shaft has a rubber grommet on it but obviously it doesn't do much good. Thanks

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 09:22 PM

Bill, just wondering how it's still working?

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Posted December 20, 2011 - 10:40 AM

Bill, just wondering how it's still working?


Thanks for asking, yes it is. Once we got the shifting rod welded and back together I took it out at least once a day and just kept shifting it and even while it sat in the shop as I walked by it I would run it back and forth. The only issue, which we considered minor, was the shift rod no longer lined up with the numbers on the plate.

While I had it I changed the oil and lubed the front end and changed out the blades. It went home on Sunday. Now we will see if my son-in-law will keep it up. :rolleyes:
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