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#1 HotRod OFFLINE  

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Posted July 06, 2012 - 01:16 PM

All the gears on my 1200 work, but for some reason when you put it in 2nd it acts like there is nothing to hold it in the gear. If you hold the shifter itll stay in and does fine. But as soon as you let off itll go alittle way and pop out again. I was wondering how this could be fixed? Its been like that since i got it but id really like to fix it.

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Posted July 06, 2012 - 03:35 PM

It sounds like you may have a problem in the shifter assembly. A broken detent spring maybe. I think, but I'm not 100% sure, that those tractors use the Peerless 2300 4 speed trans. You can download the Tecumseh/Peerless transmission manual and it has the info. needed to repair or rebuild the transmission. Heres a link to a bunch of manuals related to the 2300.
http://gardentractor...ey__all__st__10
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Posted July 06, 2012 - 11:15 PM

We have a service manual in our files for the 1200 tractors.
http://gardentractor...service-manual/
Tranny info starts on page 7. It does look like the peerless and as far as I know, the detent springs and balls are available thru John Deere still, as they used that same tranny in many of their non-hydro units.
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Posted July 07, 2012 - 09:55 AM

Brain said what I was gonna say... :mecry:

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Posted July 07, 2012 - 10:26 AM

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Posted July 07, 2012 - 11:08 AM

I was hoping it would be a simple fix, Ive never been inside of trans so ill prolly put it off for awile till i learn more about it and have time. Thanks for the help and manuals guys.

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Posted July 07, 2012 - 11:09 AM

Just don't use second! :laughingteeth:

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Posted July 07, 2012 - 11:50 AM

I was hoping it would be a simple fix, Ive never been inside of trans so ill prolly put it off for awile till i learn more about it and have time. Thanks for the help and manuals guys.


It's not bad at all, so don't be afraid to tear into it. More work getting the transaxle out & back in than anything.
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Posted July 07, 2012 - 03:28 PM

Can this be fixed by just removing the plate around the shifter?

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Posted July 08, 2012 - 06:55 AM

I had the same problem on my 1200 and had the same fears.

I did split the axle and found the shaft that the balls ride against worn. I replaced the shaft, balls and one spring. The whole project with the axle removed took about 90 minutes. The biggest challenge was putting the axle halves back together. With the shaft replaced and new balls it stays in 2nd all the time.

Go for it nothing is lost by trying.
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Posted July 09, 2012 - 11:23 AM

Well, The massey's sold. Ive had it on craigslist for awhile for $450. A guy called and came from 3 hours away to get it for his 7 year old boy to have. I really liked it but i came out pretty good on the deal. Oh well, on to the next! Thanks for all the help.

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Posted July 09, 2012 - 01:28 PM

Say what??

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Posted July 09, 2012 - 06:49 PM

Yepp its gone. Itll be missed but i never hang on to any of them very long. I had it about a year. Ill have another one sometime.




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