I wanted to see what the axle problems for myself. So I took the cover back off, took off the tires, then got it on stands. I was going to start with the left side. That is the side that the seller told me was broken. I spun the axle and I noticed that the other end of the axle on the inside was spinning, moving gears that would have turned the other side. I could clearly see that the end of the right axle as moving, but the right hub was NOT moving. So I knew it was actually the other side that was broken. I proceeded to take out the good axle anyway, to inspect for damage. That axle slid right out after I took out the keeper pin. I went to the right side and that side was a little more difficult. I had to beat it out with a steel bar from the other side to push it out. After the axle cleared the differential, the entire gear cluster lifted out. When the axle broke, it twisted and mushroomed out. I had to cut off the end of it so it would come out.
Here are the axles. The one on the right is the good one. The two pieces on the broken axle are the piece I cut off and the broken end. The one on the left is the part that broke off and the right one is the mushroomed part. On the mushroomed piece you can see that the splines twisted before braking.
Here is a better shot of the two little pieces. The one on the left is the part that broke off and the right one is the mushroomed part. On the mushroomed piece you can see that the splines twisted before braking. The pic is not very clear but you can see how ugly the brake was.
When I cut the end off I got the insides pretty dirty. So, I decided to do it right and take out the last few things that were in it to clean it properly. The gears that are still in it are because they are pressed into the bearings, and the bearings are pressed into the case.
I have to get some brake cleaner, then I can clean the parts and will be able to get everything back together, with the exception of the other axle I do not have yet.
Also, I don't know if I did a bad job with my patch on the tube, or if there is another hole. I went out this morning and the tire was a little more flat then I left it. I will have to get another tube.
While staring at the tractor (don't lie, we all do it) I spotted a bad hydraulic line. I will need to get a replacement before I start it, I don't want to put any kind of pressure in this line. Even though the rubber does not add any strength, I dont want to risk it.
Edited by Ryan313, July 20, 2012 - 04:27 PM.