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It's A Good Thing I'm Not In A Hurry!

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#1 ggsteve OFFLINE  


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Posted November 18, 2012 - 11:36 AM

I set out this morning to change the oil in my 214. Normally a reliable machine, she wouldn't start and I ran down the already weak battery. Into the garage for the jump pack. Back out to the tractor, I lift the hood and find this (now there's your problem!).

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I had found a loose screw arcing against the coil the last time I used her (in the dark), but she ran. Gee, do you think this is why she was having trouble staying running at idle recently?

A quick repair with my last short bolt and she's running like a top again.

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Now we're driving to the garage and the variator lever isn't speeding her up. I think she started this last winter and it went away when it got warm. Here we go, puttering to the garage...........

Now it's into the garage where I open that @#$*&^ oil drain spicket. Glaciers can be seen advancing and receding in the time it takes to drain the oil with this thing. Let's just say I have plenty of time to write this post.

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I just checked the gear oil, which was changed at the last engine oil change, and it's foamy. How does water get into a gearbox that's always covered? As Rosanne Rosannadanna used to say on Saturday Night Live, it's always something!

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Posted November 18, 2012 - 05:57 PM

LOL. Around here my motto is slow down and go faster. Took my wife a while to figure it out.

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Posted November 18, 2012 - 06:09 PM

I get irritated at days like that. Glad you have patience, and hope it turns around for you.


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Posted November 18, 2012 - 07:27 PM

If the tractor is exposed to extreme temperatures, (hot/cold/hot/cold) condensation will form in the gear case, thus water in the oil and then become foamy. Running the tractor for a while and all fluids at operating temperatures then parking it in cool atmosphere, condensation will form again.