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#196 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted December 26, 2016 - 04:27 PM

Sweating my butt off, Fans are on in the shop, and A/C on in the house.

Few Clouds, 83, Feels Like: 85° 30%

 

Drag link should be here Friday, worked on finding the slow leak in the rear tire. While spinning the tire I noticed that the "00" grease has soaked into the axle and loosened the rim, it came off easily. Used a mix of Dawn and water in a spray bottle to locate the leaks. It took 14 plugs to stop all the small punctures. I need to buy another jumbo pack of plugs for the other 3 tires, but they are not as bad as this one. I hate slime, Tubes are useless here, and the tire is still in good shape. (other than looking like a porcupine). For the engine, I think the source of the engine crud is coming from the back plate. I found a new gasket for it, so it will get replaced when I drain the oil. 

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Posted December 26, 2016 - 09:06 PM

Added two funnels of "00" grease. Don't try this when it is cold! Pull the yellow plug, and move the shift lever till there is an opening, insert funnel. Yea, it leaks out over the summer, but keeps the tranny working smooth. Hopefully it will leak through the right axle next year and maybe I can pull both rims off and to a transaxle rebuild next winter.

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Posted December 28, 2016 - 08:45 PM

I got the drag link in, Sears lists the wrong substitution part number, but correct part picture on their site. They sub part 532156438, it should be 532130468. I found one at Jackssmallengine site. I requested a refund from Sears, they only refund the part cost, not the $15.00 in Tax and shipping. I also left a comment to their guaranteed fit statement.

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Posted December 28, 2016 - 09:58 PM

Did a search for 532130468 at Sears. This came up. looks like their substitutions are crossed up. 

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Posted December 29, 2016 - 06:21 AM

Larry that stinks that the part that THEY said should fit didn't . Can you take it back to a Sears store or do they expect you to pay for the return shipping too ?


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Posted December 29, 2016 - 09:12 AM

They provided a return label.


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Posted December 29, 2016 - 08:08 PM

They left a phone message profusely apologizing for the wrong part substitution, and I'll get a full refund including shipping. Also something about getting the substitution numbers corrected.  


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Posted December 30, 2016 - 05:54 AM

That's good news.



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Posted December 30, 2016 - 06:24 AM

Larry that great to hear that they are taking care of all your costs . It's a pleasure to hear stories like this where they make a mistake and  correct it



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Posted December 30, 2016 - 08:37 AM

Well Sears want's $90 for the correct 532130468 drag link. See previous post. I ordered one from Jacks Small Engines for $45 last night. Hopefully the correct one comes in.


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Posted December 31, 2016 - 06:04 PM

Bunch of honey-do projects done today. I was able to change the leaking gasket, change the oil, and replace the dip stick "O" ring. Installed the gas tank and rear fender pan. For those asking I got Hulk II out from his storage shed, had to plug his front tire (just 1 plug).

 

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Posted January 01, 2017 - 05:46 PM

LED Modification is almost complete, just finished testing. The “Guardian Stripz I used a couple years ago is holding up fine after cleaning it up, only needed to cover the old LED mounting holes. Gathered the parts I need for this project. Added mounting screws to the four LED pares. Drilled some new holes and mounted the four LED pares. While looking for a method to mount the two 10 Ohm 10W resistors I found the original two resisters. Oh well knew that was going to happen. Mounted the resisters and tested with two 9V batteries 9Did this to make sure it would work before testing with the Power Supply.

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Posted January 01, 2017 - 05:47 PM

Got out the Power supply, checked the DC voltage (14.6) Good enough. Tested the LEDS by them self, (Seeing dots now). Wired the 1156’s to the power supply A/C tap. Very bright! Checked the DC Voltage Drop on the LEDS 13.5VDC (The power supply only supplies 3A max. Checked the LED Amp draw, 0.6A. RED should be able to handle this and run the PTO. I’ll double check when he is back together.

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Posted January 01, 2017 - 09:06 PM

RED's winter refresh is coming along fine.

Added "00" grease to the transaxle.

Fixed the rear tire leak from a 1000 small punctures... Well 12 any how.

Fixed the engine seepage, hopefully.

Fixed the steering slop, (Hope the drag link is the correct one this time)

Added better LED lighting to help with evening mowing when it is 110* out side.

All that is left is to refresh the deck and put him back together.

 

 

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Posted January 02, 2017 - 07:35 PM

Filters. Came to a stop point tonight. I was going to reuse the gas filter as it looked good. On slightly shaking it the filter element moves around inside. I don't think that is normal. I'll pick up a new one, and air filter this week.

Drag link is supposed to be here tomorrow.

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