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#1 ace69xxx2000 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2012 - 12:03 PM

Just got a gt 17 serial number 008356 the front axle has a lot of slop in any suggestions on how to fix this and what parts I would need and where to get them as i'm booty sure if there is a ariens dealer around here thank you

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Posted July 14, 2012 - 02:36 PM

I'm not that familiar with the Ariens GT's but sometimes you can tighten the centre pivot nut to reduce the slack in the axle. Otherwise it's time to replace the bushings at the centre pivot. There are service and parts manuals for the Ariens 931 series GT's in the manuals section. That would be a good place to start.

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Posted July 14, 2012 - 04:20 PM

Does your tractor have the pto going thru the axle? It has been a while since I looked at that myself. If I remember correctly the axle has a sleeve that it is mounted to with the pto shaft inside. Do you know your model number? Ariens has all there manuals free to download if you can't find it here.

I just looked at the break down in the parts manual and it looked to me like the pivot on the axle could be worn or the tube that it rides on.

Edited by shorty, July 14, 2012 - 04:31 PM.


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Posted July 14, 2012 - 06:19 PM

What I recall from selling these was a welded tube for the front PTO shaft - bearings goes thru the axle. What happens is the front is bolted to the frame and the back rests in an opening which over time the tube wears off as well as the opening wearts. What we did was remove and use a welder and build up the worn parts and grind to fit. Take a look.

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Posted July 14, 2012 - 09:44 PM

An older guy talked of using a shim to tighten up wheel bearings in construction equipment. I believe he called it a speedy cup, it would look like a cup and slide over your worn part then snap the bottom off and you would have a thin band the whole way around. I never used any myself, just was told of them. Wonder if it would work on something like this.

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Posted July 15, 2012 - 06:53 AM

Ok guys I will take a look thanks

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Posted April 03, 2013 - 09:47 PM

Wandering if you ever adressed that my s16h has the same problem wish i knew exactly how to repair it i looked in my manual didnt see any bearings there someone suggested welding ti build it up?



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Posted May 10, 2013 - 10:42 AM

I just picked up a GT-18, same issue!! :boo_hoo:

 

It is enough of an issue, that should it not be easy, I may just part out the tractor!!

 

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This is my first post here, so the post is also my learning tool!!

 

I traded for the GT-18 for the tires, but, the engine runs great!! I am kind of stuck as to what to do with the machine, mostly due to the front axle slop!!


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Posted May 10, 2013 - 10:03 PM

Welcome to the site CADplans! That is a great looking tractor you got. Nice shoes all around. Can't help you on the loose axle, I haven't torn into that yet. Thanks for the pic.



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Posted May 15, 2013 - 09:35 PM

I also have Ariens gt17 with loose front axle. I rebuilt it 23 years ago but do not remember what all I replaced. 



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Posted May 15, 2013 - 09:37 PM

I just picked up a GT-18, same issue!! :boo_hoo:

 

It is enough of an issue, that should it not be easy, I may just part out the tractor!!

 

Ariens_zps49b8e2d7.jpg

 

This is my first post here, so the post is also my learning tool!!

 

I traded for the GT-18 for the tires, but, the engine runs great!! I am kind of stuck as to what to do with the machine, mostly due to the front axle slop!!

Would You be interested in selling this tractor, if so reply back thanks 



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Posted July 15, 2013 - 08:21 AM

Well i finally had time to work on it i replaced the pto tube bushings and bearing that took care of the problem




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